American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten suggested that parental-choice legislation like that spearheaded by Republican-controlled Florida and Virginia could sow the seeds of violent conflict.
“This notion — we’ve been very lucky in America, and we in some ways live in a bubble for a long time,” she said during an April 13 radio interview on The Rick Smith Show. “This is propaganda. This is misinformation. This is the way in which wars start. This is the way in which hatred starts.”
The AFT, one of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions, has pushed back as school districts across the country experience a resurgence of parental involvement in K–12 education. Weingarten’s organization was chief among the unions lobbying for extending school closures, classroom mask mandates, and other Covid-19 restrictions that interrupted or hampered learning during the pandemic.