Commentary on Teacher Unions vs Students/Parents

Deanna Fisher:

In the battle of local juridictions versus teachers’ unions over school reopening, the unions are glorying in their upper hand while the students sit at home.

After years and years of catering to the teachers’ unions, the bureaucracy that is purportedly in charge lacks the spine to force the issue. The teachers’ union, loving the fact that their members can collect a full paycheck without ever setting foot inside a classroom, has shifted their own goalposts repeatedly. Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers (one of the more prominent teachers’ unions) said last September that the AFT would support requiring teachers to be vaccinated once it was available, after their own demands asserted that a vaccine was necessary in order for teachers to be back in the classroom. (She also demanded a ton more money for schools to cover everything from PPE to more teachers, of course.)

Well, now Weingarten is happy sing a different tune. Because her goal isn’t actually to educate children, it’s to keep the union members happy.

This is bad science on the part of Weingarten.

The simple truth is that even when they are infected, children simply do not pass on the infection at high rates. 

The standard that Weingarten requires means that EVEN AFTER IMMUNIZATION, teachers would not accept opening schools!

— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) January 4, 2021

As vaccine rollout continues – though not as quickly, as organized, or as strategized as anyone would like – the Chicago Public Schools would like to begin re-opening schools for pre-kindergarten and special education students. The teachers’ union has already made their feelings known about it – from a beach in Puerto Rico, even! But even that glaring hypocrisy isn’t going to keep the unions and the aldermen of Chicago that they have apparently bought from protesting about students returning to the classroom.

Related: Catholic schools will sue Dane County Madison Public Health to open as scheduled

Notes and links on Dane County Madison Public Health. (> 140 employees).

Molly Beck and Madeline Heim:

which pushed Dane County this week not to calculate its percentage of positive tests — a data point the public uses to determine how intense infection is in an area.   

While positive test results are being processed and their number reported quickly, negative test results are taking days in some cases to be analyzed before they are reported to the state. 


The department said it was between eight and 10 days behind in updating that metric on the dashboard, and as a result it appeared to show a higher positive percentage of tests and a lower number of total tests per day.

The department said this delay is due to the fact data analysts must input each of the hundreds of tests per day manually, and in order to continue accurate and timely contact tracing efforts, they prioritized inputting positive tests.

“Positive tests are always immediately verified and processed, and delays in processing negative tests in our data system does not affect notification of test results,” the department said in a news release. “The only effect this backlog has had is on our percent positivity rate and daily test counts.”

Staff have not verified the approximately 17,000 tests, which includes steps such as matching test results to patients to avoid duplicating numbers and verifying the person who was tested resides in Dane County.

All 77 false-positive COVID-19 tests come back negative upon reruns.

Madison private school raises $70,000 for lawsuit against public health order. – WKOW-TV. Commentary.

WEAC: $1.57 million for Four Wisconsin Senators

Assembly against private school forced closure.

Wisconsin Catholic schools will challenge local COVID-19 closing order. More.

2017: West High Reading Interventionist Teacher’s Remarks to the School Board on Madison’s Disastrous Reading Results

Madison’s taxpayer supported K-12 school district, despite spending far more than most, has long tolerated disastrous reading results.

My Question to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Teacher Mulligans and our Disastrous Reading Results

“An emphasis on adult employment”

Wisconsin Public Policy Forum Madison School District Report[PDF]

Booked, but can’t read (Madison): functional literacy, National citizenship and the new face of Dred Scott in the age of mass incarceration

Unions, political affiliation more predictive of virtual learning decision than COVID cases. The report.

Run for Office: Dane County Executive is on the Spring, 2021 ballot.