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LA Teachers Union Slams Plan to Reopen CA Schools; Gives Money Only to ‘White and Wealthier’ Communities

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Cecily Myart-Cruz

Finally, California Governor Gavin Newsom has “reached the deal with state lawmakers to provide $2 billion in financial incentives for schools that reopen various grades for in-person learning by the end of March” reports National Review. Shortly after the announcement was made on Monday, the head of the teachers union of Los Angeles cried racism.

“If you condition funding on the reopening of schools, that money will only go to white and wealthier and healthier school communities that do not have the transmission rates that low-income Black and brown communities do,” said United Teachers Los Angeles president Cecily Myart-Cruz in a statement.

“This is a recipe for propagating structural racism and it is deeply unfair to the students we serve” Myart-Cruz added, who is amongst dozens of teachers’ unions leaders across the country fighting to keep schools closed. Many California districts have not opened classrooms to in-person learning since March of 2020.

Under the plan reached by Newsom and lawmakers, re-openings will be contingent upon COVID case rates. Counties with new daily coronavirus rates of seven or fewer per 100,000 “must open elementary schools and at least one grade in middle or high school for in-person learning in order to receive a share of the $2 billion in funds” reports National Review.

As counties with higher daily case rates up to 25 per 100,000, will be required to open kindergarten through second grade in order to receive funding. No school districts received mandates to reopen. Rather, “schools would start to lose their share of the $2 billion in funds for each day that they remain closed.”

Many teachers and teachers’ unions have turned to vaccinations to justify opinions. Under Newsom’s deal, teachers are not required to be vaccinated, and final decisions on whether or not to reopen are left to the individual districts.

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  1. Jack Rosemary

    March 2, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    We LOVE Leo 2.0!!!
    You ROCKED in your interview tonight on Hannity! That “professor” is exactly the kind of leftist that is destroying this country and has no answers.
    Please keep the pressure on these leftists! Educate them and set them straight!!
    If you travel to North Idaho, we will welcome you like family!

  2. Jorge P

    March 4, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Leo 2.0 fighting fire with magma ????

  3. John Stuart

    March 8, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Fire all the teachers and replace them wit grocery store clerks.

  4. H. Jones

    March 10, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Not true teachers! A true teacher would love to share his/her knowledge and educate. These are hypocrites, trying to ride out their paid vacation with the help of the teachers unions. Taxpayers are put in debt for providing billions of funding for their safety. Disgusting!

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Biden Admin Announces First COVID Shots For Kids Under 5 Likely By June 21

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On Thursday, the Biden administration announced that children under 5 will be able to get their first COVID-19 vaccination doses as soon as June 21, if regulators authorize the shots for this age group as expected.

According to the Associated Press, White House COVID-19 coordinator Ashish Jha “said the Food and Drug Administration’s outside panel of advisers will meet on June 14-15 to evaluate the Pfizer and Moderna shots for younger kids. Shipments to doctors’ offices and pediatric care facilities would begin soon after FDA authorization, with the first shots possible the following week.”

Jha added that states can begin placing orders for the pediatric vaccines on Friday and the administration will initially have 10 million doses available.

“Our expectation is that within weeks every parent who wants their child to get vaccinated will be able to get an appointment,” Jha said. “At the end of the day we all want to move fast, but we’ve got to get it right.”

The news comes the week after Pfizer announced that three doses of their vaccine offers strong protection against COVID-19 in children under 5.  However, according to former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a third dose is unnecessary because the vaccines do not prevent infection.

“I think the decision matrix has changed around the vaccine for [ages] 6 months to 4 years old and so far as we know that the vaccine isn’t as protective at preventing infection,” Gottlieb said. “Previously, we had data showing that the childhood vaccine for 6 months to 4 years wasn’t as protective against infection as the adult vaccine.”

“That’s the reason why they pushed it out and asked for that third dose. But now, if the goal of the vaccine is to get baseline immunity in the kids to prevent really bad outcomes, and you’re really not using the vaccine as a tool to prevent infection in the first place, two doses could do that,” he added.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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