Parents take on top teachers’ unions, their outsized influence on public education, Democratic Party
- July 13, 2023
The outsized influence of the country’s two largest teachers unions on the Democratic Party and the country’s public education has parents and others trying to challenge them on the national and state levels.
Earlier this month, the Fairfax County Parents Association found through a Freedom of Information Act request that Rochelle Walensky, who was until recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, had a friendly relationship with AFT President Randi Weingarten and NEA President Becky Pringle.
And when recently questioned by Congress about her union’s influence on the CDC’s COVID-19 school lockdown procedures, particularly an ATF proposal for work-from-home options for teachers with high-risk conditions, she acknowledged the proposal was accepted by the agency.
In addition, Protect the Public’s Trust Director Michael Chamberlain recently said on the “John Solomon Reports” podcast that his group found “extensive coordination” between the two main teachers unions and high-level officials in the Education Department.