The head of American Federation of Teachers said Sunday it is a “myth” that teachers unions don’t want to reopen schools.
AFT President Randi Weingarten said teachers want to return to the classroom, but they also want to make sure they and their families are safe.
“I do actually want to debunk this myth that teacher unions — at least our union — doesn’t want to reopen schools,” Ms. Weingarten said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Teachers know that in person education is really important and we would have said that pre-pandemic.”
Ms. Weingarten, whose union represents about 1.7 million educators, said teachers know that remote instruction is no substitute for in-person classes.
She said the good news is that there is now a roadmap for reopening safely thanks to the combination of health guidelines and the Biden administration’s push for $130 billion in school funding.
Some local teachers unions — including in Chicago and Fairfax County, Virginia —
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