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Randy Weingarten denounces 'right-wing extremists' for fighting 'culture wars' in conference speech

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American Teachers’ Federation President Randy Weingarten denounced “right-wing extremists” at the United Teachers’ Conference in New York Wednesday, saying public schools are the “base” of American education and conservatives make educators “weakened.” He claimed that he was trying to “make it”.

She called on Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to argue that children “have to get their way” to become critical thinkers and learn life lessons. She further argues that “schools are a way of creating pluralism and diversity,” adding, “That’s why there is censorship of books and classes and calls educators ‘awakened.’

Last month, DeSantis and DeVos were keynote speakers at a summit held by a conservative custody group called Moms For Liberty.

The summit was a three-day event to provide members of the 30 states with a way to elect more conservative candidates to school boards.

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At the summit, DeVos, a staunch supporter of school choice, called for the Ministry of Education to be “abolished” in favor of state and local commissions making decisions on education.

“These extremists are fighting these culture wars, and the attacks only get worse. It is a strategy to separate educators from their parents and create apathy and fear. It’s the biggest tool you need,” says Weingarten. backward.

“Right-wing extremists said the path to universal vouchers was to create universal distrust. But our members stuck with the union after Janus. People understand the importance of unions, and that’s why they’re fighting these culture wars.”

Randy Weingarten, president of the American Teachers Federation, applauded the deal.

Randy Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, hailed the deal as “a game-changer for teachers and families drowning in a sea of ​​online fraud.”
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Claiming that “extremists” carried out a strategy to separate educators from their parents “by spreading apathy and fear,” Weingarten released an “antidote.”

“What do parents want most? They want their children to learn and be safe. That’s why we started the #ReadingOpensTheWorld program. 1 million books to improve literacy, motivate children to learn, and focus on community schools,” Weingarten said.

Lindsey Burke of the Heritage Foundation Center for Educational Policy refuted Weingarten’s comments, telling Fox News Digital, “There is widespread support for educational choices among parents, and a recent poll found that Americans “It shows that they trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to education.”

“Trade unions have lost the trust of parents by forcing schools to close due to COVID-19. Unions have since demanded tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers to reopen schools, telling families, “They want schools to live up to their values ​​and that they That’s why we’re against radical content in schools. Governor DeSantis is rightly aware of this and is implementing policies to make schools more transparent and hold parents accountable.”

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Additionally, Weingarten opened up about tackling issues like canceling student debt and the mental health and food insecurity crises in the United States.

“Instead of having endless conversations about who’s ‘awakened’, what we’re doing is thinking about how to meet the needs of our children. That’s what parents want. We need them.” What I mean is that educators are respected and have the conditions that we can, we need to teach,” Weingarten said.

A study commissioned by Weingarten himself found that Republicans had an advantage over Democrats when it came to voter confidence in their response to education.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) asked for a poll Hart Research Associates asked, “In general, do you trust more Democrats or Republicans in dealing with education issues?”

The survey, conducted in seven battleground states, found a 39% to 38% advantage for Republicans, indicating that Republican voters trust education more.

In response to the findings, AFT President Randy Weingarten told Democrats: Republican Attack on Critical Racial Theory.

There is an equal mix of proponents and opponents of teaching critical race theory, and the Placentia Yorba Linda School Board is discussing a proposed resolution to ban its teaching in schools. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

There is an equal mix of proponents and opponents of teaching critical race theory, and the Placentia Yorba Linda School Board is discussing a proposed resolution to ban its teaching in schools. Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
(Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Conservative Party won by a wide margin On education issues across the country by highlighting CRT curricula and opposing COVID-19 related orders and lockdowns. These issues have led to school board protests and recalls across the country.

Republican legislators elected in several states have sought to ban discussion of gender ideology and critical race theory in classrooms, especially among young students.

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