Psaki defends emails between CDC, teachers union as ‘best practice’

Psaki defends emails between CDC, teachers union as ‘best practice’


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After critics ripped the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for caving to the powerful American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union over school reopening guidance in February, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed Tuesday the agency was following a “longstanding best practice.”

Emails obtained by the conservative watchdog group Americans for Public Trust and provided to the Post last week show that a top AFT official described the union as the CDC’s “thought partner” in planning the return of in-person classes.

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In a Feb. 1 email, AFT senior director for health issues Kelly Trautner lavished praise on the CDC, thanking officials for what she called a “rich discussion about forthcoming CDC guidance and for your openness to the suggestions made by our president, Randi Weingarten, and the AFT.”

In the same message, Trautner noted that union officials “were able to review a copy of the draft guidance document over the weekend

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