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  • Texas teachers union survey finds that school employees don’t want to be armed

    06/09/2022 1:20:03 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 60 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | June 9, 2022 | Brian Lopez
    A survey of nearly 4,000 K-12 teachers in Texas found that most do not want to be armed while in class or be expected to intercept a gunman at school, according to the state’s teachers union, which released its survey results Wednesday. The Texas American Federation of Teachers sent an online questionnaire to its 65,000 members, which include public school teachers, support personnel and higher education employees, a week after an 18-year-old gunman killed 21 people — including 19 children — at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Soon after the shooting, Texas Republicans said the solution could be arming teachers....
  • BIG MONEY IN DARK SHADOWS (ARABELLA)

    09/04/2019 5:42:47 PM PDT · by Hostage · 8 replies
    Capital Research Center ^ | Recent | Hayden R. Ludwig
    Executive Summary The political Left often criticizes—and the mainstream media frequently report on—the network of center-right nonprofits funded by billionaire entrepreneurs Charles and David Koch. But few politicos know of a left-wing leviathan in Washington, D.C., with a reach rivaling that of the Koch network. This study by the Capital Research Center documents a shadowy web into which nearly $600 million flowed in 2017, the most recent year for which data are available. Operating under the aegis of “philanthropy,” this network is housed in and staffed by a for-profit, privately held consultancy called Arabella Advisors, LLC. Arabella manages four nonprofit...
  • Randi Weingarten’s Latest Anti-Parent Rantings Are Extreme

    04/25/2022 12:54:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 24, 2022
    Whatever she thinks she’s doing, American Federation of Teachers chief Randi Weingarten isn’t helping her members with such over-the-top extremism as claiming that things like Florida’s new parental-rights law are “the way in which wars start.” Yes, she actually argued on a podcast that parents and politicians worried about some teachers and school staff seeking to indoctrinate kids are just pushing “propaganda” and “misinformation.” “We’re not indoctrinating,” she said. “We’re not grooming. . . . What we’re doing is making sure we educate kids. We keep them safe. We keep them welcome. And we teach them how to think, not...
  • Letter to Congress Cites MRC Study to Slam Teachers Union Partnership with Biased NewsGuard

    04/22/2022 10:21:30 AM PDT · by JV3MRC
    NewsBusters ^ | 4/22/2022 | Joseph Vazquez
    Nineteen organizations demanded Congress investigate the Orwellian partnership between leftist website ratings firm NewsGuard and the anti-parent American Federation of Teachers. A coalition of education and tech policy groups, led by Fight for Schools, warned in their letter to Congress: “Given the rise of political intolerance within academic institutions and censorship from the tech industry, we are alarmed by this partnership and its implications for core American values in our schools.” The letter stipulated that “we are calling on Congress to investigate this partnership, including its origins, its intentions, its applications, and the broader issue of biased and conflicted so-called...
  • CDC Sending School Reopening Draft Guidance to Teachers Union Was ‘Uncommon’: CDC Scientist

    03/30/2022 5:26:05 PM PDT · by lightman · 4 replies
    epoch times ^ | 30 March A.D. 2022 | Zachrry Steiber
    A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist says the agency sending a draft of its school reopening guidance to a powerful teachers union was unusual. “It’s uncommon,” said Dr. Henry Walke, who directs the CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response. It’s also not common for the CDC to incorporate line-by-line edits from outside groups into its guidance, according to Walke. The career government scientist was speaking in February to staff members on the House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Portions of the interview were released on March 30. Earlier releases show that the CDC used...
  • Listen to the Science: Teachers Union Boss Says ‘Real Issue’ Is Making Sure People ‘Feel’ Safe

    02/09/2022 5:05:16 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/09/2022 | Hannah Bleau
    Teachers union boss Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, said the “real issue” when it comes to coronavirus restrictions, including masking children, is making sure people “feel” safe — not the actual science. “The issue becomes how do we make sure the entire community in a school feels safe and welcome,” she said during an appearance on MSNBC, agreeing that it is time to discuss an “off-ramp for masks” in schools. Weingarten said:
  • National teachers union chief: Mask mandate rollback should hinge on student vax rates

    02/08/2022 6:38:53 PM PST · by lightman · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8 February A.D. 2022 | Selim Algar
    Amid a growing clamor to lift school mask mandates, the head of the nation’s largest teachers union said Tuesday that a rollback should hinge on student vaccination rates... “At what point do we just say, ‘Okay, it’s time to get rid of the masks’?” asked host Willie Geist after showing Weingarten a copy of Tuesday’s New York Post front page on the matter. “Isn’t there enough science available already?” While the governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Delaware have announced an end to school mask mandates, Weingarten remained circumspect. “The real question becomes, how can we make sure people...
  • ATF Keeping 920+ Million Firearm Records with Almost All Digitized

    01/31/2022 4:14:01 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 74 replies
    Ammoland ^ | January 31, 2022 | John Crump
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -(Ammoland.com)- Congressional Representative Michael Cloud (R-TX) and 51 other Republican Congress members recently sent a letter (embedded below), to ATF questioning the Bureau’s growing database of personal information about American’s gun purchases.“We are concerned that this Administration is leveraging its power in a way to establish a federal gun registry. Moreover, we are opposed to a recent(sic) proposed regulation that would require federal firearms licensees (FFLs) to facilitate the creation of a federal gun registry.”.According to a response letter (embedded below), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) acknowledged it has over 920 million firearms records,...
  • 1.7 Million Teachers Will Receive NewsGuard Licenses to ‘Spot Disinformation’

    01/26/2022 2:53:43 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jan 2022 | ALLUM BOKHARI
    NewsGuard, the establishment “news-rating” project that presents itself as a source of expert knowledge on which news sources can be trusted and which ones cannot, will be rolling out to millions of American schoolchildren due to a partnership with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Per Axios, the AFT will purchase NewsGuard licenses for all of its 1.7 million teachers, in a major deal for the news-rating project. NewsGuard has had a reputation as a project of the political establishment since its inception. NewsGuard maintains a list of news outlets it considers “trustworthy” and “untrustworthy,” data which it uses in...
  • Fresh evidence the White House put teachers unions ahead of science on school COVID safety

    01/01/2022 8:36:53 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 26, 2021 | Post Editorial Board
    “Follow the science,” it said about handling COVID. But for Team Biden, it was follow the teachers unions when it came to reopening schools. Emails between the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — provided to the watchdog group Americans for Public Trust via a Freedom of Information Act request — reveal that the Biden administration not only consulted national teachers unions before releasing school reopening guidance to the public, it put a heavy thumb on the scales in favor of the unions’ agenda.
  • After Election Trouncing in Virginia, Teachers Union President Suddenly Wants a Pandemic Off Ramp

    11/12/2021 7:03:25 AM PST · by lightman · 33 replies
    Townhall..com ^ | 10 November A.D. 2021 | Katie Pavlich
    After keeping Virginia schools closed for over a year and repeatedly moving the goal posts on reopening, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten successfully delivered the state to Republican Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin last week. Despite appearing at a final campaign rally for Democrat Terry McAuliffe, parents showed up to vote against her endorsement and anti-parent education policies. Now, Weingarten is finally admitting it's time for a pandemic off ramp. "It was clear that vaccines for teachers helped us reopen schools. Maybe it’s vaccines for kids helping us get to an off ramp for masks and getting to a new...
  • Teachers’ Union Head Apologizes for Not Wearing Mask Indoors, Says People Had a ‘Hard Time Hearing’

    11/07/2021 11:22:46 AM PST · by lightman · 18 replies
    epoch times ^ | 7 November A.D. 2021 | GQ Pan
    American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, whose organization advocated for mask mandates in pubic schools, apologized after she was caught with her mask down at the 2021 SOMOS conference in Puerto Rico. Weigarten faced criticism after Adriana Aviles, a New York City parent and former City Council candidate, posted a photo of the teacher’s union boss sitting maskless on a panel with other guests, including New York City Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter. “Gotta love when school leaders @rweingarten @DOEChancellor mingle with others in a packed room with no masks,” Aviles wrote, “yet I wonder if everyone needed proof...
  • REVEALED: Letter with Insider Information Shows the Teachers Union, AG Merrick Garland and the FBI’s Plan to Monitor Parents was a Political Setup for Midterms

    10/08/2021 2:15:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | October 8, 2021 9:24am | Jim Hoft
    On Thursday Mark Levin broadcast a letter with insider information on the teachers union, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and the FBI who met and organized how to combat America’s parents who were speaking out at local school board meetings across the country. The parents were outraged at the COVID masking and vaccination rules, critical race theory indoctrination and open porn disguised as literature promoted in American schools today.Mark Levin called this the biggest scandal of his lifetime on his radio show last night.The letter by America First Legal is fascinating. According to the letter the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized...
  • BREAKING: Mark Levin Shares Evidence of Biden Administration Colluding to Silence America's Parents

    10/08/2021 5:06:57 AM PDT · by Bratch · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 7, 2021 | GWENDOLYN SIMS
    “The federal government is using its power to silence and intimidate American citizens,” said conservative talk radio host and author Mark Levin, who released a bombshell letter on his program Thursday. “They’re trying to chill free speech.” The letter, from the nonprofit organization America First Legal (AFL) to the United States Inspector General, claims, “In light of the Attorney General’s Memorandum of October 4, 2021, it appears the Department of Justice is committing the full weight of its federal law enforcement resources to prevent parents from exercising constitutionally-protected rights and privileges, for inappropriate partisan purposes.” The AFL says it’s an...
  • Judicial Watch: CDC Records Show Teachers Unions Gave Guidance to CDC Director on School COVID Restrictions

    09/15/2021 6:50:36 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 09, 2021 | Judicial Watch
    (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it received 12 pages of *records showing the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and National Education Association (NEA) influencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director and the White House with their own their own “embargoed vaccine research,” as well as school reopening policy. Additionally, the CDC Director states that she used the unions’ language in the CDC’s school reopening policy.The documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the CDC asking for:All emails exchanged between CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky and email accounts ending in aft.org...
  • Biden WH/CDC Political Corruption Exposed [Weekly Update]

    09/10/2021 4:47:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 10, 2021 | Tom Fitton
    Teachers Unions Gave Guidance to CDC Director on School COVID Restrictions Judicial Watch Seeks Evidence in Lawsuit against U.S. Capitol Police for January 6 Videos U.S. Invests Millions to Bring Racial, Ethnic “Equity” to STEM Education Teachers Unions Gave Guidance to CDC Director on School COVID Restrictions The all too powerful teacher unions have been throwing wrenches into efforts to reopen schools amid the pandemic, making all manner of demands with little regard for the students or parents. Now we know how they have exerted their influence on public officials, particularly in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
  • The Real 'Structural Racism' Is In America's Union-Run Schools

    09/08/2021 7:50:22 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-7-21 | Rick Moran
    “[I]f ever there were a structure systemically keeping African-Americans from getting ahead, it would surely be America’s big-city public-school systems,” writes the Wall Street Journal’s William McGurn. Look, for example, at the most recent results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the nation’s report card. For the past 20 years, achievement has been broken down by school district level in its Trial Urban District Assessment. Of the 27 U.S. urban school districts that reported their results for 2019—from Boston and Chicago to Fort Worth, Texas, and Los Angeles—not a single one can say a majority of the black eighth...
  • The Teachers' Unions 'Catch-22 Dilemma' When It Comes to Mask Mandates

    08/12/2021 1:19:34 PM PDT · by lightman · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12 August A.D. 2021 | Matt Vespa
    Corey DeAngelis serves as the national director of research at the American Federation for Children. He’s been tracking the teachers’ union shenanigans on COVID and masks for months. The teachers’ unions want to flex their political muscles and they’re doing it at the expense of children’s educations. They’re sick puppies, always have been. They should all be smashed up, but I’m preaching to the choir here. For over a year, they’re kept kids out of the classroom to take their power trip for a spin. It also gave their members more vacation time. And don’t even think virtual learning worked....
  • Shameless: Teachers Union Boss Launches Fact-Challenged Attack Against Ron DeSantis

    08/03/2021 10:15:57 AM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 3 August A.D. 2021 | Guy Benson
    There aren't many figures in modern American life more contemptible than Randi Weingarten, political hack, union boss, and anti-child zealot. Her cynical agitation and endless fear-mongering deliberately cause active harm to be inflicted upon millions of American children who were denied in-person classroom instruction last year. The teachers unions, bureaucrats, and elected officials who fought to keep classrooms closed did so while ignoring overwhelming data and callously turning a blind eye to the myriad disastrous ramifications of their failed 'remote' learning regime. We know, for instance, that Weingarten's special interest group lobbied behind the scenes in order to shape the...
  • Randi Weingarten ripped after telling MSNBC 'we're going to try' to reopen schools after CDC mask guidance

    07/29/2021 10:28:19 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1 hour ago | Cortney O'Brien
    American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten was ripped after hedging on whether or not U.S. schools would reopen in the fall during a Wednesday interview on MSNBC. While having previously recommended that fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear masks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed guidance following the spread of the new Delta variant of the virus, announcing that vaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors and suggesting universal masking in schools. Weingarten called the guidance a "curveball," before suggesting that school reopenings this fall are not a done deal. TEACHER SLAMS ‘DEMORALIZING’...