LA Teachers Union Wants to Connect School Reopening to Defunding Police and Medicare For All
Recently, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) released a “study” that outlines the steps necessary to safely reopen public schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.
However, it outed itself as just another Leftist front group by calling for freeing up additional funding by defunding the police. The paper said that “Police violence is a leading cause of death and trauma for Black people, and is a serious public health and moral issue. We must shift the astronomical amount of money devoted to policing, to education and other essential needs such as housing and public health.”
According to Fox News, the paper also criticized charter schools and reportedly called for Medicare for All.
Fox continues that the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) said that while teachers want to get back into their classrooms, they asked, “given broader societal conditions, how do we open physical schools in a way that ensures that the benefits outweigh the risks, especially for our most vulnerable students and school communities?”
The paper also said that minority “working communities, where people are more likely to have ‘essential’ jobs” oftentimes have deficient healthcare coverage and face other risks while “the rewards of economic recovery accrue largely to white and well-off communities that have largely been shielded from the worst of the pandemic’s effects.”
UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said that “[W]e all want to physically open schools and be back with our students, but lives hang in the balance. Safety has to be the priority. We need to get this right for our communities.”
And, right on que, Myart-Cruz said, “[I]t is time to take a stand against Trump’s dangerous, anti-science agenda that puts the lives of our members, our students, and our families at risk.”
Teachers unions have been in the pockets of the Democrat party for decades, and this latest “research paper” just solidifies that claim.