Biden Let Teachers' Union 'Reiki Master' Shape CDC School Reopening Guidance
The Biden administration is all about the science. Like all lefties it loves science. Political science.
Here's the behind-the-scenes politics of what happened when the CDC decided schools should reopen, but Randi Weingarten and the AFT had a different point of view.
The public only got a taste of what was going on.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky had already said that schools could reopen, only to be quickly shut down by Jen Psaki, who falsely claimed that the CDC boss, "spoke to this in her personal capacity."
"Our CDC commissioner is going to be coming out with science-based judgment, within I think as early as Wednesday as to lay out what the minimum requirements are," Biden whined.
Walensky had already been very clear about this. "I want to be very clear about schools, which is: Yes, ACIP has put teachers in the 1b category, the category of essential workers. But I also want to be clear that there is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated in order to reopen safely. So while we are implementing the criteria of the Advisory Committee and of the state and local guidances to get vaccination across these eligible communities, I would also say that safe reopening of schools is not — that vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools."
Here's Biden's science-based judgment.
The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency’s school-reopening guidance released in February.
The powerful teachers union’s full-court press preceded the federal agency putting the brakes on a full re-opening of in-person classrooms, emails between top CDC, AFT and White House officials show.
Of course it did.
“Thank you again for Friday’s rich discussion about forthcoming CDC guidance and for your openness to the suggestions made by our president, Randi Weingarten, and the AFT,” wrote AFT senior director for health issues Kelly Trautner in a Feb 1 email — which described the union as the CDC’s “thought partner.”
“We were able to review a copy of the draft guidance document over the weekend and were able to provide some initial feedback to several staff this morning about possible ways to strengthen the document,” Trautner continued.
Kelly Trautner's bio is one of the more baffling things I have encountered.
She has a law degree and a BA in political science. She's a member of Reiki and Yoga organizations. And a former Guardian ad Litem. She describes herself as a Registered Karuna Reiki Master.
I see no sign of a medical degree, but at some point, Trautner began working for various nursing unions including the AFT, which aside from being a teachers' union, also apparently represents a whole lot of lower-end medical personnel.
Unless I'm missing something, a Reiki master with no apparent medical training, was shaping CDC school reopening guidance.
Walensky wasn’t on the Feb 1 email, but it was forwarded to her by Carole Johnson, the White House coronavirus testing coordinator.
Of course it was.