School Choice

Teachers Union Boss Accidentally Endorses School Choice While Rushing To Support Masking in Schools

Normally, Randi Weingarten isn't a fan of giving parents more control over their kids' education.

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The performative politics of mask mandates have produced some weird moments during the pandemic. Now, they've even managed to get a prominent teachers union boss to argue in favor of school choice.

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.

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 of bills to expand school choice options like charter schools and private school voucher programs. Polls show that clear majorities of both Democrats and Republicans support school choice.

Normally, Weingarten isn't a fan of giving parents more control over their children's education. She's attacked politicians who favor expanding charter schools and unfairly compared school choice advocates to segregationists.

Her union fought tooth-and-nail to keep schools closed during the first year of the pandemic, and unions have continued to be a major obstacle to full reopening even now that effective vaccines are readily available. Among other things, she's argued that schools should have to close for a single positive test and maintain social distancing of 6 feet, even after the overly cautious Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 3 feet of distance is just fine.

It's possible that the fight over mask mandates in schools has caused Weingarten to see the light and understand that parents know what is best for their kids. But that's unlikely. Instead, it seems like the politicization of mask mandates has caused Weingarten to temporarily forget that she believes one-size-fits-all schooling is the only way to go.

It's just another example of how the pandemic has exposed the hypocrisy of our national leaders and those who have undue influence over them. By Weingarten's logic, exercising school choice to send your kids to a private school where they will be masked all day is praiseworthy, but wanting to have greater school choice so your kids can get a better education (or any education while public schools are closed) is racist.

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  1. Do as I say, not as I do.

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  2. Yes, if you choose private or home schooling you’d damn well better have a good “progressive” reason to do so, comrade.

  3. A white woman sending her kid to a private school? She’s almost certainly a racist Trump supporter so she’s beyond redemption anyway. What Randi Weingarten is concerned with is them uppity Negroes who might start getting the mistaken idea that they’re just as entitled to think for themselves as a White man and start demanding rights and liberties it’s dangerous for slaves to be given.

    1. Transferring to a private school is a +1 conservative point
      Transferring to a mask REQUIRED school is a -1 conservative point

      Net result: 0 conservative Points.

      This parent is probably a fascist.

      1. Its a -1, not a 0 i would argue. Once the condition doesnt apply anymore, the point goes away. Otherwise you end up with the democrat system, where you can make up for great evil by doing small positive deeds. Or you can point to your past liberal history to hide that you are currently a fascist. Historical guilt is also based on this fallacy that somehow equates past conditions with present. I suspect its even one of the reasons social learning is so painfully slow in average citizens…

        1. Seriously I don’t know why more people haven’t tried this, I work two shifts, 2 hours in the day and 2 in the evening…QWe And i get surly a check of $12600 what’s awesome is I m working from home so I get more time with my kids.

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  4. Randy is one ugly looking dude. Just sayin.

    1. I want to make “I’m mean because nobody will do me” joke but I also may be rendered unsexy in a bus accident one day so I won’t.

      1. She is so ugly that the one time a guy let her give a blowjob, he thought he was fucking her in the ass.

        1. She’s so ugly her husband wakes up with morning wouldn’t.

        1. was an even-odds guess.

          No! Time to die.

    2. Aerosmith can remake their classic song: Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
      to Lady (Looks Like a Dude). Ms. Weingarten would probably take it as a complement….

  5. The point of the tweet has nothing to do with school choice and is commenting on how unfair it is to this poor (rich) woman that is “forced” to send her kids to private school because the school board just won’t accede to mask demands.

    She doesn’t see it as choice at all rather as compulsion by the government and she’s the one fighting for freedom.

    War is Peace.
    Freedom is Slavery.
    Ignorance is Strength.

    1. Mandates are freedom

    2. Our only real freedom are the chains of socialism which bind us together.

  6. Unfortunately, our States will make that impossible. They will mandate that all schools force masking or force vaccination to protect children from a virus that poses zero risk to them.

  7. ” Instead, it seems like the politicization of mask mandates has caused Weingarten to temporarily forget that she believes one-size-fits-all schooling is the only way to go.

    It’s just another example of how the pandemic has exposed the hypocrisy of our national leaders and those who have undue influence over them.”

    It isn’t just our national leaders. The politicization of this issue has resulted in far too many people abandoning their principles if it just means keeping with their team.

    1. Ever wonder why so many sock puppets constantly appear here and in other social media to push polarized points, or spread the anti-vax fud, or just troll and pick fights?

      Because it works. As long as you carpet bomb enough and have enough people “agreeing” it sways people looking to belong.

      Media matters does it. Political parties. RFK Jr., Iran, Russia, and ESPECIALLY China all do it. All to make arguments muddy, politicize absolutely everything, and so make people miserable, divided, and ungovernable.

  8. It would be easier to support school choice and parental involvement in schools if Garland didn’t declare them domestic terrorist threats.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/doj-fbi-investigating-disturbing-spike-in-harassment-threats-against-school-administrators

    1. It really is time to get rid of the progs.

  9. Get rid of public schools. Problem solved.

    And Ms Weingarten will need to find a new job. So that’s a win win.

    1. She could be the “before” model for beauty products or plastic surgery.

      1. The surgeon takes one look at her and hears the “mission impossible” theme song.

    2. Then, who would babysit… err “educate” your children?

  10. School choice: the demise of crappy teachers, the end of overpaid, unnecessary bureaucrats, and the promotion of education over political ideology. The left in this country have lost all credibility, and yet millions of sheep continue to follow them blindly.

  11. You know who WAS a fan of school choice? The Trump administration. The administration which this faux-libertarian website spent years attacking. You’re getting exactly what you worked so hard for, just enjoy it.

  12. “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,”

    IOW she only approves of choosing a school that forces masks over a school that doesn’t.

  13. Dont’ let Reza Aslan see the pic of that kid… He’s want to punch it.

  14. They should call it the American Federation of Non-Teachers.

  15. So covering this, but not the FBI apparently being ordered to go after parents complaining about CRT?

  16. What’s the libertarian position on the right of parents to NOT educate their children?

  17. I dn’t “get” what her problem was. I mean the mom who yanked her kids out of one school to put them into another to be forced to spal the mug nappie accross their faces.

    If HER darlin kids are allowed to don the mug nappie at the gunnit skewl, what’s the problem? If other kids have the wooflu, hers certainly cannot possibly get it because of their own masks. They DO work, right? If they do, no problem If they don’t different problem but mandating them does not help either way.

    MY going barefoot does NOT put you at risk of getting YOUR feet cut by going barefoot.

    Whatever happened to reason?

    1. Whatever happened to reason?
      That is so two years ago.

  18. The problem is the educational “complex”…teacher unions, admins with bullshit EdD degrees, the grifter public school consultants, contractors, and of course the “educational experts” in academia….all powered by misguided PTA moms who get their friends to vote them on school boards.

    The entire system is corrupt. And now if Parents complain they are domestic terrorists (thank you again Bush for the Patriot Act).

    My kids are done with K-12 and I honestly don’t know what I would do today..most likely move to a “free state” and home school.

    Teacher unions are modern bolsheviks..and as such they are a threat to liberty and our republic

  19. Single Mom Makes $89,844/Yr in Her Spare Time on The Computer Without Selling Anything. you can bring from $5000-$8000 of extra income every month. working at home for 4 hours a day, and earning could be even bigger.

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  20. In a related story, Merrick Garland has set up a task force to go after “threats against school boards”.…

    Apparently the administration is aware of a massive increase in threats against school boards, and they are going to do something about it! Federal charges if they can… Or working with state and local officials to bring charges if they can’t.

    So don’t worry too much about school choice… They will get those unruly parents under control quickly enough. Mask mandates will be coming back to those hellhole states with Republican governors who have been blocking them. Teachers will be safe to teach about the evils of white privilege.

    All is well.

  21. In the state of Florida, the flow was the opposite. Teachers unions forced schools to close and remain closed…. So parents fled to private schools in droves. They also began homeschooling themselves as school districts struggled to set up online classes.

    Florida has robust support for homeschooling. Through Florida Virtual parents can even get free, online courses that kids can do at their own pace with teachers available to help when needed.

    Then, when schools opened, the private schools were largely the first to dispense with masks. More kids moved.. private schools are overflowing and public schools have seen massive reductions in enrolment as kids have either stayed home or gone to private schools.

    And yes… Some of those homeschooled kids have paranoid parents who are afraid their kid will explode in a fireball of Covid like a 1970’s car in a movie crash if they go to a school.

    But the state is set up to support those choices.

    1. Florida is a republican state with a Republican governor.
      Ron DeSantis has done an incredible job with Covid.
      He has the Maga agenda without the mean tweets
      He will likely be the next Republican candidate for president.
      It was a very close call for us in the last election, the Democrat, gay, drug addict, Gillium almost won in the hand count.

  22. Good to know that Weingarten supports school choice!!

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