Teachers Union Boss Accidentally Endorses School Choice While Rushing To Support Masking in Schools
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, on Monday night tweeted out a story from the Detroit News about how parents are navigating the complexities of some school districts in Michigan mandating that children wear masks in the classroom while others don’t. At the center of the story is a mother, Janine Fogg, who recently pulled her kids out of public schools in Brighton, Michigan, where masks are not mandated. Now, Fogg’s two children attend private schools where masks are mandated for all students and staff.
Weingarten’s take? “This parent chooses to drive her students to a school district that has a mask mandate. Masks save lives and limit the spread of COVID-19,” she wrote.
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) October 4, 2021
Weingarten’s overstating the efficacy of masking in the classroom, but she’s shockingly 100 percent right about the merits of letting parents choose the school that they believe is right for their kids. She also may not have read the whole story, since Fogg isn’t driving her kids to a “school district” that mandates masks but, rather, leaving public schools behind entirely.
That’s a choice that lots of parents have been exercising during the pandemic. In the wake of COVID-related school closures, parents have been fleeing to private schools and state lawmakers have introduced dozens
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