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GOP rep to introduce bill fighting school closures, calls school choice the ‘civil rights issue of the 21st century’

Since his first day in office, Joe Biden has promised to reopen schools, but continues to pick politics over science. 

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It is no secret that coronavirus lockdowns are hitting K-12 students particularly hard. Not only are they being robbed of an in-person education, they are missing out on the critical emotional development and social interaction that comes along with it.

Since his first day in office, Joe Biden has promised to reopen schools, but continues to pick politics over science.

One republican lawmaker has had enough.

Republican North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop will introduce legislation this week aimed to fight school closures and give families more options for education amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill, called the Creating Hope and Opportunity Through Increase Choice in Education Act, will authorize “Opportunity Grants,” which will provide financial assistance to families in public school districts that are not yet reopening for in-person learning.

The income-based grants can be used by families to pay tuition at private schools, purchase educational supplies or pay for homeschooling or micro-schools, according to the Daily Caller.

“Our public school students have been out of class in many places for a year,” Bishop said in a Daily Caller interview. “And even now, although the science is clear that students can go back to school safely, that it isn’t even necessary that every teacher be vaccinated first, we still have the Biden Administration bowing to teachers unions rather than moving as quickly as possible restoring students to classrooms.”

In fact, Joe Biden’s CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Friday that the science shows COVID-19 actually spreads more when schools are closed than when they are open.

“What we are finding from the science-based literature is that there is more spread that is happening in the community when schools are not open than when schools are open,” she said. “So we certainly want to make sure that there is limited to no transmission of disease in our schools, and of course we are managing all sorts of risks.”

“If schools are closed, there is lots of other risks,” she said. “That is, risks to food insecurity and many of the other things mentioned: the lack of education, educational milestones being missed. So, many other things that we have to think about in the risk. So, what we are trying to do is make sure that there is limited to no transmission in the schools and we believe with the strategies that we have put forward that there will be limited to no transmission in the schools if they are followed.”

“The science has demonstrated that schools can reopen safely prior to all teachers being vaccinated,” she added.

Bishop urged that his bill would provide parents complete control of their child’s education.

“The idea is that parents would be able to take control of the situation – if they believe that their students would be well served by being back in class, this would provide them a means to pay for that,” he said.

The legislation will require that 10 percent of any federal K-12 public school coronavirus relief funds go toward the grant program, the Daily Caller reports. It also prohibits the federal government from having a say over the practices of private religious or home education, meaning the government cannot force private schools to shut down in-person learning.

“Lots of times, whenever government money gets involved, people want to put government restraints,” Bishop said. “And the whole idea here is, the public school system, because of the headlock that the unions have on them, are not responding to the needs of students for in-person instruction.”

Bishop noted that while one would hope teachers’ unions would not push back against the bill, “there is not a good track record in terms of school choice and public teachers’ unions.”

“They don’t want parents to have choice, apparently, but choice in education, as a general proposition, is the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” he added.

The funds would be allocated through a means-tested program based on qualification for reduced-price lunches.

If a family has an income that is between 200 and 250 percent of the threshold required to receive reduced price lunches, for example, then 70 percent of their eligible expenses would be paid for by the grant money.

“I will say this, wealthy families are not going to get relief from this legislation,” Bishop said. “But for middle-class and low-income families, this would be a lifeline to the parents of students who need to be back in class.”

It is critical to get students back into the classrooms as quickly as possible, not only for their education, but for their mental health.

A CDC study found that across the country between April and October of 2020, the percentage of emergency room mental health visits increased by 24 percent for those between the ages of five and 11, and 31 percent for those between the ages of 12 and 17, Business Insider reports.

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  1. DG

    February 17, 2021 at 9:47 am

    We pay a school tax. If the kids cannot go to school then the tax needs to either be restructured so parents can use it to send their kids to a school that is open or find other means to educate. All that money is being wasted right now.

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Black Family Kicked Out of NYC Restaurant Over Vax Pass ‘Now the Kids Can’t Eat’ (VIDEO)

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New Yorkers, due to their liberal policies, are being forced to choose between anti-segregation and vaccination status. As Free Press Fail writes, “We’ve said it a million times: the vaccine passports are racist.”

Now, “in New York City, they’re proving it” adds the outlet. An incident caught on video shows a Black family was kicked out of a restaurant for refusing to show their “vaccine passports.” In the video, the man filming can be heard saying “so you’re refusing to serve us?”

Although audio is low, the restaurant employee says something along the lines of “yes because you don’t have a vaccination card.” The man questions back, “so you’re going to enforce segregation? ‘Cause, we just told you that we’re religiously exempt.”

The restaurant staff member then claims the patrons said they did have vaccination cards, but the customer vehemently refutes the claim stating, “I never told you any of that. I would never tell you that.”

The customer then films around a panorama of inside the restaurant, saying aloud he’s not leaving and says loudly to other patrons, “Everybody in here’s ok with that? Everybody in here’s ok with setting up segregation in society?”

“Everybody’s ok with that? oh, we don’t have our vaccine cards, so now the kids can’t eat. We can’t eat. You guys are ok with that? This is the America you want to live in?”  Someone in that background can be heard yelling back, “yep.”

Tensions rose and the customer became more heated in the roughly five-minute video. “This is America, you need to wake up” the man shouted. Even more evidence of segregation may have presented itself when one woman in the background explains not everyone in the restaurant was asked for their vaccination cards.

Free Press Fail writes the data behind the claims that vaccines are racist:

Now, this is no surprise at all considering the demographics of those who are vaccinated. We KNOW 2/3rds of the vaccinated population is white. We KNOW only 9% of the vaccinated population is black and only 16% is Hispanic.

This kind of dismissiveness is just getting started. Especially when other (white) patrons in these dining areas are cheering on the managers who enforce these totalitarian mandates that treat the unvaccinated as “unclean.”

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Comedian Jim Breuer Cancels Shows at Venues ‘Due to Segregation’ of Forced Vaccinations

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One comedian is standing up to vaccine mandates, and one of the few celebrities brave enough to put his money where his mouth is, and he should be commended. Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer took to Facebook live to release a statement that he would not perform at venues demanding patrons receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a 22 minute Facebook live, Breuer said “two quick updates on shows that you may think you may be getting tickets to or you already have tickets to: The Wellmont Theater in New Jersey – not doing it.”

“Also the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan, due to the segregation of them forcing people to show up with vaccinations…I am also not doing those shows” added Breuer.

Aware of the monetary repercussions, Breuer stood by his morals. “I know I’m going to sacrifice a lot of money, but I’m not going to be enslaved to the system or money.”

Breuer continued that he believed getting vaccinated was “a choice” and was not concerned with any opinions of his fans or the public. “If you have anything else to say, I honestly don’t care.”

“Due to, I have to stick to my morals, I have to stick to what I know is right” he added. The comedian also noted his disappointment that patrons were being “forced” and “bribed” before they could attend shows.

While he stated he doesn’t blame venues for enforcing vaccine mandates in some cases, but rather governors and ticketing vendors. He said the venues were being held “hostage.” NBC News reported neither the Wellmont Theater nor the Royal Oak Theater responded to requests for comment Monday.

Breuer, 54, was part of the Saturday Night Live cast from 1995 to 1998 and was known for recurring characters including Goat Boy and celebrity impersonation of Joe Pesci. He was also in the 1998 film “Half Baked” alongside Dave Chappelle.

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