American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has been called a ‘coaster hacker’ for writing an unimpeachable tweet about ‘everyone’ suffering during the pandemic as the nation’s report card reveals drastic impacts on reading and math skills.
“At the end of the day, everyone suffered from the pandemic…because of the pandemic. Disruption was everywhere, and it was bad whether schools were remote or in person. We are now focused on the urgent need for helping children recover and thrive,” Weingarten tweeted.
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The average math score for fourth graders dropped five points from 2019 to 2022. The score for eighth graders dropped eight points. The reading for both years has dropped three points since 2019.
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Weingarten faced a backlash on social media with critics claiming Weingarten was trying to avoid blame for declining school performance.
Spectator editor Stephen Miller said: “Here’s another example of ‘It doesn’t matter who’s to blame’.
RedState editor Kira Davis said, “You’re too late, Randi… The adults will take it from here.”
John Cardillo, a former radio host, called Weingarten a “coaster pirate”.
Maud Maron, an activist for reopening schools, criticized Weingarten for putting the union first and children last.
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Florida State Board of Education member Ryan Petty accused Weingarten of gaslighting.
School choice activist Corey DeAngelis joked that Weingarten restricting replies to her tweet was just “like you’re closing schools.”
DeAngelis added that Weingarten should consider retiring from Twitter. “Delete your account,” he said.
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Angela Morabito, spokeswoman for the Defense of Freedom Institute, accused Weingarten of “lying (again)”.
New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz said “hi, you are the problem, you are”.
Rory Cooper, partner at PurpleStrats – a reputation management company – said: “No, not all children suffered. Only public school children under your control. You did. “
Research at Harvard and Stanford found that achievement losses “were greater in poorer districts.”
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The study found that the pandemic “has widened achievement disparities between high and low poverty schools”.
In addition, the study shows that “a quarter of schools with the highest percentages of students receiving federal lunch subsidies missed two-thirds of a year of math learning, while a quarter of schools with the fewest low-income students lost two-fifths of a year. year.”
Fox News’ Joshua Nelson and Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.