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Who is fighting to keep Virginia’s schools closed? That is what this article, Virginia Teachers Unions Fight to Keep Schools Closed | National Review, talks about. Here is how the article starts.

For months, Virginia teachers unions have peddled fear: Reopening public schools for in-person learning was and is too dangerous.

They’ve advocated delaying reopening schools until all teachers – and possibly all students – received a COVID-19 vaccine. In January, a Republican-sponsored state Senate bill requiring school districts to offer parents both in-person and virtual options drew a dour response. Forcing schools to open, the unions said, was a “BAD idea.”

“We can recover from a loss of learning, but we can’t recover from a loss of life,” Virginia Education Association president James J. Feddermantold a local TV stationearlier this month, more than a…

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      1. @jilldomschot

        They are making a tradeoff. They are supporting the passage of a 1.9 trillion bill that contains lots of money that will go into the schools. Until they get that money, they are holding the children hostage.

  1. Tom,

    The teachers are getting paid regardless so there are no monetary incentives to speed up their return.

    Politicians are afraid to do what they are supposed to do, make decisions to represent the voters not the unions.

    In other words, your Governor is a politician who if he or she was in charge of a private company, would bankrupt the company or be fired by the owners.

    Voters are owners in a sense of politicians which makes me surmise that we now need a voters union to scare the politicians the same way the unions are intimidating the politicians.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

    1. @scatterwisdom

      The political parties are supposed to function as “voters unions.” That is, the First Amendment states that we have the right to assemble and petition the government. Primary elections interfere with that process. Primary elections give incumbent an edge over their competitors. That is why The Establishment likes and defends primary elections.

      1. Tom

        Interesting thought and question to discern,

        Do primary elections favor the voter’s interest or the incumbents chances and opportunity to become a long term incumbent?

        Regards and goodwill blogging…

  2. This would be a great moment for homeschool parents to step forward and share testimonies.

    There is a very successful and large wave of formerly homeschooled children who are in their late 20’s and early 30’s.

    1. @Angel


      One thing that people who homeschool their children or send their children to private schools don’t think enough about is the fact that their children still have to contend with the children who attend public schools. It is difficult to live with people who have been improperly educated, and it is frustrating to both pay the expense of educating your own children with your own money and time and pay for the miseducation of other people’s children.

      1. “Difficult to live with…”

        Brother that’s just life in general.

        My adult homeschooled son manages a staff of diverse people from all walks of life.

        His peer group of homeschooled friends have all graduated college and hold positions of authority in the National Guard, a realty company and a fire department.

        One is a registered nurse and one is just married to a youth pastor who she serves along side of.

        Those kids were not raised in cocoons. They were raised with the idea that they were imminently prepared to take their place in the world.

        “For such a time as this.”

  3. They are finally opening our schools Hybrid (in-person 2 days a week) this month. However, at least one of my son’s teachers will be teaching from her home, so there will be a proctor in the classroom, who is not a tutor and won’t be allowed to help the students. Want to bet that same teacher still goes to the grocery store, eats out, and gets her hair done? When I mentioned on the school’s FB page that grocery workers have been doing their jobs since day 1 (without PPE until April of last year), I was met with hateful and incredibly snobby comments about how grocery workers (you know, the peons that they are – my inference) don’t have P1 status so it’s not a comparison. Really? Let’s close the grocery stores and see how they feel about it. BTW, I was one of those grocery workers and NOT A SINGLE WORKER AT OUR STORE got sick. If I could afford private school, I would do it in a heartbeat. But there are waiting lists on ALL of the private schools. Absolutely ridiculous!

    1. @Lisa V

      The teachers have a government employees union. That is all it takes to explain their privileged status. Government employees can bribe elected officials with campaign donations and such for special treatment. Employees in the private sector have no such option.

      Essentially, what teachers unions are doing is unethical, and we should not have such people educating children.

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