Confirmed: CDC Caved To Teachers Unions On School Closures

Unleash Prosperity Hotline
Issue #276
05/03/2021
1) Confirmed: CDC Caved To Teachers Unions On School Closures  

One of the greatest and most tragic policy blunders of modern times was the pandemic school closures. 

The original CDC schools guidance from a year ago cautioned against school closures (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/considerations-for-school-closure.pdf). Trump CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield regularly pointed out that, based on science, all schools should be open. But the science was ignored and school closures became contagious in their own way with nearly every public school in the country closed. By summer we had overwhelming evidence that schools were low-risk settings and children were not at risk from all over the world. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued strong science-based guidance calling for all schools to open full-time and cautioning against masking younger students. Then just 11 days later they backtracked and endorsed school closures – in a joint statement with the teachers unions – that turned the tide back in favor of closures (https://twitter.com/AmerAcadPeds/status/1281566457529356288).

The same thing happened again in February when the Biden CDC let teachers unions overrule science. Kudos to Adam Laxalt’s group Americans for Public Trust whose investigation uncovered the truth of how the Biden CDC’s “school opening guidance” came to actually recommend broad school closures, something the CDC had never previously endorsed.

The teachers unions largely wrote the CDC anti-school guidance, which was then used as a cudgel to pass the $1.9 trillion Biden COVID Exploitation Bill – with more than $125 billion for shutdown school districts. (After the bill passed the CDC issued new guidance giving schools a green light.)

Dr. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told the NY Post:

“What seems strange to me here is there would be this very intimate back and forth [between the CDC and the AFT]  including phone calls where this political group gets to help formulate scientific guidance for our major public health organization in the United State.” He added: “This is not how science-based guidelines should work.”

https://nypost.com/2021/05/01/teachers-union-collaborated-with-cdc-on-school-reopening-emails/

And Dr. Tracy Hoeg – lead author of the CDC Wisconsin study that found schools are extremely low-risk and should be open regardless of community spread – added this:

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