Republican senators are investigating whether teachers unions had undue influence on Biden administration policies about reopening schools earlier this year.
What they call “close coordination” between the teachers unions and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the development of school reopening guidelines “raises serious concern” about the “scientific integrity” of the guidance that eventually emerged.
The probe focuses on emails between the CDC and the unions, which prompted a letter from the senators saying, “Political interference from administration-friendly special interest groups that is divorced from science harms children who have been lacking in-person instruction for prolonged periods of time.”
“It’s actually a longstanding best practice for the CDC to engage with organizations and groups that are going to be impacted by guidance and recommendations issued by the agency,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this month about the process. She also said about 50 “stakeholders” were consulted in the school reopening guidelines and included non-union participants.
Several major teachers’ unions refused to go back to in-person learning when directed to do so by their mayor or other officials, although all but three percent are reportedly in at least a hybrid model now.
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