American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten slammed American Jews for pushing schools to open for in-person learning.
Weingarten spoke to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in a phone interview published last week. The AFT head, a Jewish woman who is married to liberal Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, said American Jews who want their children back in school are making a “privileged argument” over teachers who do not want to teach in person because of COVID-19.
The Jewish Telegraph Agency asked Weingarten about the power of teachers unions to influence public policy. The unions have become outspoken critics of opening schools and in cities such as Los Angeles are the main hurdle to restarting in-person learning. Weingarten used the question to launch into the American Jewish community:
I have a very pointed response here for Jews making this argument.
American Jews are now part of the ownership class. Jews were immigrants from somewhere else. And they needed the right to have public education. And