White House Defends CDC Consulting Teachers Union Over School Reopening Guidelines

White House Defends CDC Consulting Teachers Union Over School Reopening Guidelines


On Tuesday, the White House answered reports that a top teachers union played a part in the structuring of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus guidelines for the reopening of schools.

“It’s actually longstanding best practice for the CDC to engage with organizations, groups that are going to be impacted by guidance and recommendations issued by the agency,” press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement, as reported by The Hill. “It doesn’t mean they are taking everything they want, or even a percentage of what they want.” 

“But it’s important to understand the implementation components,” Psaki continued. “They do so to ensure that recommendations are feasible and that they adequately address the safety and well-being of the individuals the guidance is aimed to protect. So, the CDC engaged with around 50 stakeholders that are on the front lines in this pandemic and have requisite perspective for the guidance.”

The Daily Wire reported that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), led by Randi Weingarten, appears

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