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American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten said Wednesday at a union conference that conservatives are “working consistently” to undermine teachers.

“Conservatives are working consistently to undermine educators in this country,” Weingarten said at the New York State United Teachers conference this week.

“They’re in the same race as we are between fear and hope, aspiration and despair, democracy and autocracy. And they’re doing this because our members worked so hard during COVID.”

“We’re all in this as guardians for a better life.”
–@AFTunion President @rweingarten#NYSUTLI2022 #PublicSchoolsUniteUs pic.twitter.com/nNlbXXEzTS

— NYSUT (@nysut) August 3, 2022

[email protected]: Conservatives are working consistently to undermine educators in this country. Theyre in the same race as we are between fear & hope, aspiration & despair, democracy & autocracy. And theyre doing this because our members worked so hard during COVID.

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 3, 2022

A Twitter thread from AFT presented some of the other highlights of Weingarten’s address.

[email protected]: I know how exhausted you all are. But you continue this work because thats who you are. Thats what this administration is trying to do: Help working families. This new #InflationReductionAct will help keep costs down, invest in the environment, lower drug prices.

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 3, 2022

“I know how exhausted you all are,” Weingarten told NYSUT members. “But you continue this work because that’s who you are. That’s what this administration is trying to do: Help working families. This new #InflationReductionAct will help keep costs down, invest in the environment, lower drug prices.”

Referring to teachers’ unions as “trusted messengers” in a “post-truth society,” Weingarten said it is up to union members to “strengthen democracy.”

[email protected]: We live in a post-truth society. Thats why were important. We are trusted messengers in our community, and we have to continue to build those relationships in our communities. Its up to us to strengthen democracy.

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 3, 2022

“What right wing extremists understand is what Americans understand: That public schools are foundational,” she said, adding, “These extremists are fighting these culture wars, and the attacks are only going to get worse. It’s a strategy to divide educators from parents, to create apathy and fear. These are the biggest tools they have to win.”

Stressing that teachers and other staff need certain “conditions” to be able to “help kids,” Weingarten said, “But we believe in public ed as an anchor in this country. Another anchor in this country? Unions.”

[email protected]: What right wing extremists understand is what Americans understand: That public schools are foundational.

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 3, 2022

[email protected]: These extremists are fighting these culture wars, and the attacks are only going to get worse. Its a strategy to divide educators from parents, to create apathy and fear. These are the biggest tools they have to win.

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 3, 2022

[email protected]: We need to make sure teachers to paras to bus drivers to have the conditions they need to help kids. But we believe in public ed as an anchor in this country. Another anchor in this country? Unions.

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 3, 2022

However, Moms For America Senior Director Quisha King told Fox News Digital Weingarten was promoting a “failing system.”

“Randi Weingarten says ‘kids won’t become critical thinkers’?” King said, adding:

What she fails to realize, is the way public school is going, kids are not learning critical thinking skills now. She wants to continue to push kids into a failing system because she is only concerned about her own outcomes, not the children’s. Kids are struggling academically now more than ever because of her collusion with the CDC to lock kids out of learning. That is on top of a system that was already failing to educate kids. Randi can say whatever she wants, the proof is right in front of us and parents will not let these bureaucrats determine the future of our children. School choice is on the move and not going away anytime soon.”

At the end of March, House Republican leaders exposed the unprecedented level to which the Biden Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with Weingarten’s AFT to create the national health agency’s guidance on the issue of keeping the nation’s government schools locked down during the pandemic.

The Republicans’ report noted emails between the AFT, the White House, and CDC showed the union’s “cozy relationship with the Biden Administration’s political leadership at the CDC positioned the union to impose line-by-line edits to the Operational Strategy on at least two separate occasions, despite the CDC’s past practice to keep draft guidance confidential.”

???? Just exposed a CDC official’s testimony confirming CDC coordinated with unions at unprecedented levels to keep kids out of school.

We now know Bidens political leadership at CDC let unions impose line-by-line edits.

It was never about "The Science." https://t.co/Qufe24Uy1m

— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 30, 2022

Weingarten warned NYSUT members that “elections matter,” and that “[W]e have lawmakers running in states across the country, who are denying the results of the 2020 election, spouting the Big Lie.”

[email protected]: We believe that weapons of war have no place in our communities. This isnt about the 2nd amendment and responsible gun ownership – this is about reasonable restrictions to keep folks safe. (3/4)

— AFT (@AFTunion) August 3, 2022

The union leader also targeted the 2nd Amendment during her address to union members, stating “weapons of war have no place in our communities.”

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Susan Berry, PhD, is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Randi Weingarten” by Florida Education Association. 

 

 

 

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​​‘The Bachelorette’ 2022 Spoilers for Episode 6

ABC/Craig Sjodin Rachel Recchia & Gabby Windey are looking for love on season 19 of “The Bachelorette.”

Hometown dates are looming as Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia continue their journey for love on “The Bachelorette.”

WARNING: STOP READING IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPOILERS FOR SEASON 19 OF “THE BACHELORETTE.”

The leading ladies continue their European cruise, each holding their final group dates. “Gabby and Rachel’s journeys to find love continue in the charming canals and tulip fields of Amsterdam,” the episode description adds. “With hometowns right around the corner, the Bachelorettes select two lucky guys for their most important one-on-one dates yet.”

The six men still in contention for Windey’s roses are:

  • Erich Schwer, 29, Real Estate Analyst from Bedminster, New Jersey
  • Jason Alabaster, 30, Investment Banker from Santa Monica, California
  • Johnny DePhillipo, 25, Realtor from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Logan Palmer, 26, Videographer from San Diego, California
  • Nate Mitchell, 33, Electrical Engineer from Chicago, Illinois
  • Spencer Swies, 27, Venture Capitalist from Chicago, Illinois

Recchia’s five suitors still vying for her heart are:

  • Aven Jones, 28, Sales Executive from San Diego, California
  • Ethan Kang, 27, Advertising Executive from New York, New York
  • Tino Franco, 27, General Contractor from Playa Del Rey, California
  • Tyler Norris, 25, Small Business Owner from Wildwood, New Jersey
  • Zach Shallcross, 25, Tech Executive from Anaheim Hills, California

Here is what you need to know:

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Love is “blooming” between Recchia and Zach Shallcross on their one-on-one date, ABC teased.

Shallcross is a 25-year-old Tech Executive from Anaheim Hills, California.

“He’s charismatic, personable and has a huge heart that he is so ready to share forever with the right woman,” according to his show bio. “Zach’s perfect woman is compassionate, kind and ready for romance because Zach is excited to lay it on thick. He loves to plan thoughtful surprises, and nothing makes him happier than seeing the look of excitement on his partner’s face when his meaningful gifts are appreciated.”

As shown in the promo, the duo is headed to one of the country’s iconic tulip fields. Recchia quips, “Will you take this tulip?” And since Reality Steve already reported he makes it to Hometown Dates, the actual rose is a lock.

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Recchia’s group date is not for the faint of dairy. Four of the pilot’s remaining men participate in a cheese weight-lifting competition in Edam, Amsterdam, which she proclaimed is the “Cheese capital of the world.”

“A bit cheesy today,” said Ethan Kang in a confessional. “You know I’m pretty lactose intolerant but Rachel loves cheese so therefore I love cheese.”

Tino Franco explained in the clip, “Rachel’s worth any test if I have to smell like cheese all day, I’ll do it.”

The men on the date are:

  • Aven Jones, 28, Sales Executive from San Diego, California
  • Ethan Kang, 27, Advertising Executive from New York, New York
  • Tino Franco, 27, General Contractor from Playa Del Rey, California
  • Tyler Norris, 25, Small Business Owner from Wildwood, New Jersey

Recchia enjoyed watching her shirtless suitors, admitting in the preview, “This is definitely my favorite group date so far. I want a strong man and I have four today.”

However, the evening portion of the date does not go as smoothly. “Watching her kiss somebody else is absolutely sickening,” Tino Franco said in the clip. A fellow contestant adds, “Tino acted like a real baby back b****.”

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For the second time this season, Windey invites Nate Mitchell to go on a one-on-one date. During their first one, the 33-year-old Electrical Engineer from Chicago, Illinois revealed he had a daughter.

According to his ABC bio, the single father “is looking for a woman who is kind, adventurous, smart and ready to complete his beautiful family. He also has a weakness for a woman who can make him laugh so hard his belly hurts.”

Reality Steve has already revealed Mitchell does not receive the date rose, and as a result, is sent home. The tearful moment was teased in the promo, with Windey telling him, “I’m terrified at not just being a mom but being, like, bad at it.”

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Gabby and five of her suitors are headed to Amsterdam’s Red Light District to “step out of their comfort zones,” according to the episode description. So what are they doing?

As it turns out, the group date is all about intimacy. Well, that and a few whips.

“The date card says, ‘Let’s take our love to the edge.’ The edge of what?” Windey says in a clip of the date. “Today we’re going to talk about bumping uglies. Knocking boots. Getting laid. Also known as sex.”

The promo shows the group using whips and seemingly doing a strip tease.

The men on the date are:

  • Erich Schwer, 29, Real Estate Analyst from Bedminster, New Jersey
  • Jason Alabaster, 30, Investment Banker from Santa Monica, California
  • Johnny DePhillipo, 25, Realtor from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Logan Palmer, 26, Videographer from San Diego, California
  • Spencer Swies, 27, Venture Capitalist from Chicago, Illinois
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The preview for episode 6 teases Logan Palmer’s exit from the romance competition.

Host Jesse Palmer tells WIndey in a clip, “There has been a situation with Logan.”

It then cuts to the former Bachelor talking to Palmer, explaining, “She was in tears… You got to pack your bags.”

So what happened? According to BachelorWhatever on Instagram, “Logan ended up getting COVID during filming. That’s why he’s eliminated in Amsterdam.”

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Windey and Recchia will go on a combined total of seven Hometown Dates. While Recchia moves forward with four of her men, Windey only continues to date three of them, reported Reality Steve.

The nurse will meet the families of the following suitors:

  • Erich Schwer, 29, Real Estate Analyst from Bedminster, New Jersey
  • Jason Alabaster, 30, Investment Banker from Santa Monica, California
  • Johnny DePhillipo, 25, Realtor from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Recchia is headed to the hometowns of the following contestants:

  • Aven Jones, 28, Sales Executive from San Diego, California
  • Tino Franco, 27, General Contractor from Playa Del Rey, California
  • Tyler Norris, 25, Small Business Owner from Wildwood, New Jersey
  • Zach Shallcross, 25, Tech Executive from Anaheim Hills, California

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