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Report: CDC Coordinated with Teachers’ Unions on School Reopening Guidance

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A report released Wednesday by Republican lawmakers on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis reveals that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coordinated quite closely with teachers’ unions.

The partnership had “an extraordinary level in crafting its school reopening guidance, despite the agency’s earlier claims that such coordination was routine and nonpolitical” reports Fox News Digital which reviewed the report.

Republicans write in the report that emails between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the White House, and the CDC shows that the AFT’s “cozy relationship with the Biden administration’s political leadership at the CDC positioned the union to impose line-by-line edits” to the reopening guidance.

The behavior was despite the CDC’s insistence of “past practice to keep draft guidance confidential.”  Fox News previously reported how the AFT and National Education Association teachers’ unions received a copy of the CDC’s guidance before they released it to the public.

On February 11, 2021, AFT’s senior director of health issues, Kelly Trautner, personally emailed CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky asking her to make an edit to add this specific line:

“In the event high-community transmission results from a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, a new update of these guidelines may be necessary.” Walensky then forwarded the email to Dr. Henry Walke, the director of the CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response. Walke then made the addition for the union, and it was released the very next day.

In a joint statement provided exclusively to Fox News Digital, Republican Reps. Steve Scalise and James Comer accused President Biden of rewarding one of his biggest political donors while millions of children suffered from school closures.

Republican Representatives Steve Scalise and James Comer sent joint statement exclusively to Fox News Digital:

“The facts are clear: Biden’s CDC overrode routine practice to allow a radical teachers union that donated millions of dollars to Democrat campaigns to bypass scientific norms and rewrite official agency guidance,” Scalise and Comer wrote.

“The damaging edits by union bosses effectively kept thousands of schools shuttered across the country, locking millions of children out of their classrooms. The Biden Administration abandoned medical science and replaced it with political science to reward one of their largest donors, harming millions of children in the process. They bypassed the science to put union bosses ahead of children.

“Millions of Americans are still outraged at what these Washington Democrats put their children through, and all because union bosses demanded they keep schools closed longer,” they continued.

“America’s children are suffering, academically and mentally, because of the Biden Administration enabled school closures. Republicans will not rest until we uncover all the facts and hold everyone accountable who was involved in holding back millions of children from having equal opportunity to achieve the American Dream.”

 

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  1. Dagney Taggert

    March 31, 2022 at 11:23 am

    EVERY tax payer in this nation should receive a FULL REFUND of ALL SCHOOL TAXES paid in the last year. The schools, teachers, and ALL employees that were paid TO DO NOTHING should have every penny of said pay recalled immediately.
    EVERY person that contributed to this FRAUD in the schools should be prohibited from working with children EVER AGAIN.

  2. John

    March 31, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    so indirectly CCP

  3. joebthegroper

    April 3, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Teachers’ ” unions” are supposed to be used for collective bargaining and addressing legitimate grievances for their members. Where is it written that they are also the ones to dictate what the school curricula are supposed to be? Hopefully these runaway trains will be reined in or abolished. The great liberal FDR was adamantly against public employees being unionized for precisely these types of reasons.

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Human Infection of H3N8 Bird Flu Reported in China

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Will it ever end? On Tuesday this week China’s health authority recorded its first human infection of the H3N8 strain of avian influenza. The variant was identified in a 4-year-old boy from Henan province.

According to a statement from the National Health Commission (NHC) the child raises chickens and crows in his home city of Zhumadian. On April 5 he showed fever and other symptoms, then was admitted to a medical institution five days later for treatment.

The statement indicated while it has been found in horses, dogs, birds and seals around the world, no human cases have ever been reported. Fox News reports the commission “warned the public to avoid contact with sick and dead poultry, as well as live poultry, and pay attention to hygiene.”

In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses had been detected in 13 states among commercial and backyard poultry, as well as in wild birds of 14 states.

Fortunately, the agency said H5N1 bird flu poses a low risk to the public.

 

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