By K. Walker
It’s now pretty clear that the tug-of-war being waged by teachers’ unions and anxious parents is not about what’s best for students. It’s about money for teachers.
That’s not to say that there aren’t great teachers out there who are concerned for their students and want to get back into the classroom. The issue is that the powerful unions have hijacked the global pandemic to benefit their members. Millions of kids, meanwhile, aren’t being educated, virtual learning in some districts is a joke, and their mental health is suffering.
This outrageous standoff has been especially prevalent in California. Reports that state and federal money are flowing to school districts for personal protective equipment (PPE) and updating ventilation systems should be encouraging. Instead, the powers that be in the Golden State have made the news galling. Fox News explains:
Multiple California school districts have discussed using state and federal COVID relief money to hand out bonuses for teachers and staff, with one district even suggesting the money be used for a trip to Hawaii.
The internal memos have been shared online by “Reopen California Schools,” a Facebook group started early on in the pandemic by Jonathan Zachreson.
Clovis Unified School District, located in Fresno County, reportedly discussed using federal and state relief funds to give employees a “one-time payment to employees … given the extraordinary effort required of every employee over the course of the pandemic.”
Zachreson told Fox News that a person involved in the negotiations told him that the district has discussed employee bonuses as high as $6,000 per employee – rather than on students.
Once again, teachers’ unions have been exposed for the greedy, power-hungry outfits they are. “The Science” has shown that schools are not significant vectors for community spread of SARS-CoV-2. Yet, not only are the people charged with the education of our children sitting on their thumbs, adamant in their refusal to run to work. They are receiving taxpayer-funded “bonuses” for the great job they are doing.
This needs to be fixed. Now.
Cross-posted at ClashDaily