School Districts across the nation are grappling with whether to reopen and what reopening would look like to meet the various standards set out by federal, state and local authorities as time is ticking down to the presumed start of the 2020-2021 school year.
As President Trump is pushing for schools to reopen this fall, California, true to form, is leading the drive for schools to stay shut down.
The San Diego Unified and Los Angeles Unified School District announced Monday they will remain closed and begin the 2020-2021 school year with distance learning.
As reported by Politico, “Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, which collectively enroll more than 700,000 students, issued a joint announcement that students will resume classes next month online with hopes of returning to physical classrooms sometime this school year “as soon as public health conditions allow.”
The teachers unions have been pushing for this for weeks.
Not only have they been working to keep kids from physically attending class, they have been using the threat of shutdown as a bargaining chip to promote their socialist and, frankly anti-American, ideals.
According to a “policy paper” put out by the Unified Teachers Los Angeles union, apparently they require things like federal bail out, medicare for all, wealth and millionaire tax, defund police, charter school moratorium, and financial support for undocumented students to effectively teach in person.
What is even crazier is the overreaching statements of support for each of their items.
Apparently medicare for all is required because of coronavirus.
“People fearful of crippling medical bills avoid seeking testing and treatment, leading to undetected COVID-19 cases and a likely increase in death rates thanks to people delaying medical care until they reach a critical condition. The boundless greed of the for-profit health industry, combined with this country’s deeply ingrained racism, has led to race-based health disparities that have resulted in excess deaths especially among Black communities long before the pandemic further widened the health gap.”
Up until testing became more available, most doctors and hospitals refused to even test or see patients until their symptoms were critical.
A single payer health system would not have changed this nor will it improve treatment for anyone going forward, not to mention the fact that the structure of healthcare in this country has nothing to do with teaching children in school.
They seemingly cannot teach without defunding the police because “Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue. We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”
I would love to see where they get their statistics.
Last time I checked, black on black violence was the leading cause of death and trauma for black people.
Additionally, I am seriously wondering how these teachers will manage without police officers on campus let alone defunded altogether, especially in East Los Angeles.
What is even worse is the disservice remote schooling is to the students and to their parents.
Many of these families require two or more incomes to live. If they are able to go to work amidst the shutdowns, who will help the kids manage school? Young children can’t be left alone and many teenagers cannot manage remote schooling.
Los Angeles struggles with effective schooling when the kids are on campus with daily instruction and direction.
In 2017, the LAUSD graduation rate was 76.1%, meaning one in every four students dropped out.
What is going to happen to the graduation rate when their is not daily interaction?
It is rich beyond all reason that the UTLA has the nerve to make any demands when they are struggling to be effective under ordinary circumstances.
It is likely these school districts are the tip of the iceberg, at least in California. God help our children!
Author: Elizabeth Allen
Source: The Federalist Papers: California School Districts Won’t Reopen in Fall, Teachers Union Demands Defunding the Police First