(UnitedVoice.com) – Teachers’ unions nationwide face allegations that they’re putting more emphasis on non-education-related politics to ensure schools stay closed this fall. Earlier this week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressed concerns with the tactics these groups are employing. The secretary blasted them for pushing a far-left political agenda that stresses social issues over reading, writing, math, and science.
Betsy Devos warns of children being held "captive to other people's fears and agendas" pic.twitter.com/9DEcTln35E
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) August 13, 2020
DeVos emphasized the unions are attempting to weaponize the “defund the police” movement, universal healthcare, elimination of charter schools and the DC Scholarship Opportunity Program. There’s plenty of proof for her allegations from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. DeVos said if the federal government doesn’t meet their demands, the unions are threatening to strike if they’re forced back into the classroom.
However, the secretary is pushing back. She noted the last four months show that parental options in educational opportunities are vital and necessary, and the actions of unions are proving her case. DeVos also agreed with President Trump that if students don’t learn in-person, taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook to pay some or all of their school taxes.
A new poll released by Rasmussen indicates that public teachers’ unions are losing support with Americans. On August 6 and 9, Rasmussen asked if it was a good or bad thing that teachers belong to a union. In 2019, 45% of Americans said teacher unions were a good thing, but in 2020, that number dropped to 39%. Additionally, 33% believe unions are a bad thing, and 14% aren’t sure either way.
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