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Teachers unions muscled school closures with Dem allies

By Gabe Kaminsky, The Federalist

Before Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf issued guidance for fall 2020 school reopenings, teachers unions in the state met with members of Wolf’s administration.

According to a report by Broad + Liberty, top aides in the Wolf administration met twice with the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), as well as members of unions. Wolf’s chief of staff Mark Brunelle and deputy chief of staff Eric Hagarty were in attendance at the meetings, which took place on July 31 and Aug. 7 and were titled “Re: School Reopening.”

Only three days after the second meeting, Wolf issued guidance on Aug. 10 that caused school districts throughout the state to conduct online schooling.

More than 500 districts in the Commonwealth were identified by the administration as being in a “substantial transmission rate” region, resulting in a recommendation for fully remote school. The new guidelines from the Democrat administration resulted in schools swiftly changing course. District plans in Lehigh Valley show schools moved to being remote on Aug. 10. The Pennsylvania State Education Association, a major union based in Harrisburg, was one of the first groups to commend the Wolf administration upon the issuing of the new guidelines.

“These new reopening measures are guidance for our schools, and I strongly encourage all schools in Pennsylvania to follow them,” said Rich Askey, the president of the group.

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