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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 Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more.”

The doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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