United Teachers Los Angeles tweeted out a list of demands to kick off Teacher Appreciation Week on Monday, calling for COVID-19 testing and masks, forgiveness of student loans, the end of standardized testing, and more.
The teachers union has made multiple demands throughout the pandemic, including demanding that police funding be shifted to education in 2020. The head of United Teachers Los Angeles said in 2021 that there was “no such thing as learning loss” for children who were forced in to remote learning during the pandemic.
FILE PHOTO: A child wears a face mask on the first day of New York City schools, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
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Teachers, analysts and more were quick to slam the list of demands, which included requests to “end privatization of public schools,” and “shared decision making in all schools.”
Daniel Buck, a teacher and editor-in-chief of the Chalkboard Review, an education commentary site, said that these ideas were not just a “waste of money,” but also were “actively harmful” to students and schools.
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“Ridiculous demands like this will keep coming as long as public sector unions exist. It will never be enough if they are allowed to continue spending taxpayer money,” The Libertarian Party of Delaware said in response to the union’s requests.
Chicago Teachers Union members and supporters join a car caravan outside Chicago Public Schools (CPS) headquarters while a Chicago Board of Education meeting takes place inside in Chicago, Ill., on July 22, 2020. (Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
“The Los Angeles teachers union is at it again. In their 2020 report on safely reopening schools, they let the mask slip by calling for unrelated political demands such as a wealth tax, Medicare for all, and a ban on new charter schools. Now they’re using Teachers Appreciation Week to list a bunch of demands including student loan forgiveness, gardens, restorative practices, ethnic studies, ending ‘privatization,’ ending standardized testing, and more money,” Corey A. DeAngelis, the National Director of Research at the American Federation for Children, told Fox News Digital.
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“Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s okay that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and coup,” the United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz said in August 2021.
Hanna Panreck is an associate editor at Fox News.