Opinion | Why Vaccine Mandates for Teachers Have Been a Harder Sell Than Mask Mandates for Kids

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As the pandemic has pushed the nation into a debate about when and the best way to reopen faculties, Randi Weingarten has confronted the ire of oldsters, lecturers, faculty boards and — in fact — Fox News. The president of the American Federation of Teachers leads a union of 1.7 million educators throughout the nation. She’s been on the hook for urgent to maintain faculty closed final fall and supporting masks mandates in lecture rooms this yr. And most not too long ago, she drew criticism from her personal members when she personally endorsed a vaccine mandate and promised to work with states and faculty boards which are looking for to enact vaccine mandates or vaccinate-or-test necessities for lecturers.

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In this dialog, Kara Swisher presses Weingarten on reopening procedures and the spectacle round masks mandates in states like Florida and Texas. They additionally talk about the wave of laws prohibiting lecturers from discussing important race concept in lecture rooms, and why this former trainer has grow to be a lightning rod for the proper.

(A full transcript of the episode can be out there noon on the Times web site.)

Credit…Photograph by The American Federation of Teachers

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