American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Monday doubled down on a no-nonsense approach to decisions made during the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of which had had catastrophic consequences for children’s academic skills.
Of an article arguing for “pandemic amnesty,” Weingarten said, “I agree.”
“We need to forgive each other for what we did and said when we were in the dark about COVID,” the post read.
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The tweet racked up a barrage of condemnations for Weingarten’s pandemic policies, which prompted school closures.
For example, Outkick’s Clay Travis said, “You got the closures 100% wrong and you refuse to apologize for it. If you had any decency, you’d resign for presiding over America’s greatest school failure in our history. life.”
Actor Nick Searcy has accused Weingarten of “ruining[ing] more child lives than the Grinch.”
A spokesman for Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Jeremy Redfern said, “Randi, of all people, is not getting anything like ‘amnesty’.”
Republican strategist Matt Whitlock said: “The reaper of COVID school closures won’t admit she did anything wrong.”
Republican candidate in the Michigan gubernatorial race, Tudor Nixon, accused Weingarten of “trying to rewrite history.”
Just the day before Weingarten was called a ‘coaster hack’ for tweeting about ‘everyone’ suffering during the pandemic as the nation’s report card reveals drastic impacts on reading and math skills .
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“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 to help children recover and thrive,” Weingarten tweeted.
Spectator editor Stephen Miller said, “Here’s another example of ‘It doesn’t matter who’s to blame’.”
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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.
Search at Harvard and Stanford found that achievement losses “were greater in poorer districts”.
The study found that the pandemic “has widened achievement disparities between high and low poverty schools”.
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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 Digital reached out to AFT for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
Fox News’ Joshua Nelson and Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.