Ethics Watchdog Sues Education Department to Uncover Special Interest Influence in School Closures
- May 20, 2022
Breccan F. Thies, Breitbart News
Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), a government ethics watchdog, is suing the Department of Education in an effort to discover the level of influence teachers’ unions and other special interest groups had on keeping schools closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
PPT has filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in an attempt to see who department leadership is talking to and who might be influencing policy. The lawsuit, however, comes as the Education Department (ED) has failed to respond to such requests.
Describing the department as “truant in disclosing special interests influencing its leadership” in a press release, PPT cites reports that “teachers’ unions had unprecedented input in the development of school closure/reopening guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control.”