National teachers’ union boss Randi Weingarten finally came out for student rights this week week in front of the Supreme Court.
Weingarten in a emotional speech — pounding the lectern — was questioning why the high court was questioning President Joe Biden’s forgiveness of student loans being brought by plaintiffs that did not qualify as well as some Republican states.
“This is what really pisses me off,” the former president of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers screamed.
“During the pandemic, we understood that small businesses were hurting, and we helped them, and it didn’t go to the Supreme Court to challenge it.
“Big businesses were hurting and we helped them, and it didn’t go to the Supreme Court to challenge it,” Weingarten continued, jumping up and down to hammer home her next point.
“All of a sudden, when it’s about our students, they challenge it! The corporations challenge it! The student loan lenders challenge it! That is not right! That is not fair! And that is what we are fighting for when we say cancel student debt!,” she shrieked, her voice cracking at times.
Republicans lawmakers scuffed at Weingarten’s theatrics, since she was behind keeping kids out of school during the pandemic, when other states had children in school. She is also the key person behind limiting charter schools in New York.
Former Trump officials came out strongly against Weingarten’s comments.
“No one has caused more harm to our kids than Randi Weingarten,” tweeted former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, in an apparent reference to her championing of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Students and teachers deserve so much better than this.”
“I bet @rweingarten’s ‘brothers and sisters’ in the trade unions, who didn’t take out student loans and are now being asked to pay for this scam, are also screaming: ‘That is not fair!,’” Betsy DeVos, who served as secretary of education under President Donald Trump, tweeted Tuesday.
“Imagine if Randi and teachers unions were this passionate about allowing kids to go to school during the pandemic,” commented Nicki Neily, the founder and president of Parents Defending Education, a right-wing educational advocacy group.
Fortunately I was able to do pro-choice schooling for my children, but this needs to happen for all children. We can break a bad union and create a great future for children with teachers paid well and will care for them.