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Randi Weingarten says parental rights bills are ‘how wars start’


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American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten has warned that legislation similar to Florida’s recent parental rights bill could have dire consequences.

“That notion — we’ve been very lucky in America, and we’ve been living in a bubble in some ways for a long time,” Weingarten said. “That’s propaganda. That’s disinformation. That’s how wars start. That’s how hate starts.”

The AFT is the nation’s largest teachers’ union and has been a consistent and vocal critic of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and GOP school legislation, accusing the party of overstepping boundaries and imposing undue restrictions to educators.

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The union – one of the strongest labor organizations in the country – has tried to walk a tightrope as school boards across the country see an increase in parent involvement.

The AFT said it supported parental involvement in education – but expressed concern about some so-called “vocal minorities” who the group said wanted to marginalize children and censor teachers.

“Educators welcome parental involvement in schools because our children do better when teachers, parents and caregivers work together,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a statement to Fox News. earlier this week. “We have a lot to do to help children recover and thrive this year after two years of an unprecedented pandemic. So, rather than helping us support our children socially, academically and emotionally, these vocal minorities want to marginalize LGBTQ children, censor teachers and ban books.”

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO member, speaks alongside Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, a New York City teachers’ union, at left, during a press conference on Monday 29 October. 4, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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Weingarten was criticized last month for a series of blunders while supporting Ukraine, including misspelling the nation’s name as “Ukriane”.

The spelling error occurred while the AFT was slammed on social media for promoting a tweet where the Ukrainian flag was depicted upside down in a post that was also deleted.

The flag of Ukraine features blue on yellow – symbolizing blue skies over a bountiful field. However, in the photo posted by the union, the color yellow was above the color blue.


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