FOX NEWS – American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten warned that legislation similar to Florida’s recent parental rights bill may have dire consequences.
“This notion – we’ve been very lucky in America, and we in some ways live in a bubble for a long time,” Weingarten said. “This is propaganda. This is misinformation. This is the way in which wars start. This is the way in which hatred starts.”
The AFT is the nation’s most prominent teachers’ union and has been a consistent and vocal critic of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and of GOP school legislation, accusing the party of overstepping boundaries and placing undue restrictions on educators.
The union – one of the most powerful labor organizations in the country – has tried to walk a tightrope as school boards nationwide are seeing a surge in parental participation.
AFT has stated it supports parental involvement in education – but expressed concern about some so-called “vocal minorities” who, according to the group, wanted to marginalize kids and censor teachers.
AFT president Randi Weingarten said in a statement to Fox News earlier this week:
“Educators welcome parent involvement in schools because our kids do best when teachers, parents and caregivers work together,”
“We have a lot to do to help kids recover and thrive this year after two years of an unprecedented pandemic. So rather than help us help our kids socially, academically and emotionally, these vocal minorities want to marginalize LGBTQ kids, censor teachers and ban books.”
Weingarten was slammed last month for a series of blunders while showing support for Ukraine, including misspelling the nation’s name as “Ukriane.”
The spelling mistake came as the AFT was slammed on social media for promoting a tweet where the Ukrainian flag was depicted upside down in a post that was also deleted … READ MORE.