How much worse can UTLA, the racist and antisemitic teachers’ union, which already wrecked education for so many children, get?
The union boss can posture and gloat about her unlimited power over children and taxpayers suffering under her reign of terror.
“There is no such thing as learning loss,” she responds when asked how her insistence on keeping L.A.’s schools mostly locked down over the last year and a half may have impacted the city’s 600,000 kindergarten through 12th-grade students. “Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and coup.”
And UTLA is the coup.
Flyers for the event started circulating a week before the rally, and during our interview, Myart-Cruz examined one of them. It was a parody of the sci-fi thriller Total Recall, with Myart-Cruz’s head photoshopped on top of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body, with smaller images of other players swirling around her—Newsom, L.A. superintendent of schools Austin Beutner, the seven members of the L.A. Board of Education. Myart-Cruz gave the flyer a brief, rueful glance, then smiled. “I love that my picture is the biggest one,” she said. “But here’s the trouble: You can recall the Governor. You can recall the school board. But how are you going to recall me?”
And then UTLA, just to be nightmarishly awful, decided to push for a vaccine mandate for children. Seriously, children.
The union representing teachers of the Los Angeles Unified School District is pushing for a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all eligible students.
The requirement would cover students age 12 and older.
And since UTLA controls Democrat politics, what the union wants, it gets.
Los Angeles is poised to become the first major school district in the nation to mandate coronavirus vaccines for students 12 and older who are attending class in person.
The district’s elected Board of Education will meet Thursday afternoon to vote on the measure, which is expected to pass with broad support. The Los Angeles Unified school district is the second largest in the nation, serving over 600,000 students, and the mandate could set an important national precedent.
UTLA is still squawking about safety, but it has nothing to do with safety.
Initial data on infections at Los Angeles schools this year has been highly reassuring. According to a Los Angeles Times tracker based on district data, 1,620 active Covid-19 cases had been identified at schools as of Sept. 6; only 5 were linked to on-campus transmissions, at two schools.
But UTLA has a clear and simple endgame here. Force the burden onto school boards and local governments. Those parents who refuse will have their kids shoved into Zoom classes freeing UTLA members, once again, from having to do their jobs.