‘Kids are being hurt’: Leo Terrell accuses teachers union chief of trying to keep schools closed this fall

Fox News contributor and civil rights attorney Leo Terrell railed at American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten over her comments earlier this week suggesting that because of the emerging delta variant of COVID-19, public schools could remain closed once again this fall.

Terrell, a former public school teacher in Los Angeles before going to law school, accused Weingarten of caring more about the union’s political objectives than the overall health, welfare, and education of American schoolchildren.

In an interview with Fox News’s Trace Gallagher, who was guest-hosting for Martha MacCallum on “The Story,” Terrell was asked to respond to Weingarten’s remarks during an MSNBC interview in which she said the new variant is a “curveball” for teachers and that the union is “going to try to open schools” while attempting to navigate the current “political battlefield.”

He also accused teachers’ unions, in general, of trying to find ways for members to keep their jobs without having to report to classrooms, regardless of the negative outcomes for their students.

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“I’m bothered by her,” Terrell said. “I used to teach in the L.A. school district. I want to be very clear: This is a designed plan to keep the schools closed and have online education. The teachers’ unions do not want to go back to school.”

He went on to say that teachers’ unions in his home state of California donated some $2 million to efforts by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to thwart a recall election coming in September while asking for unreasonable extra layers of coronavirus testing as well as vaccination policies that go beyond what Newsom’s administration requires.

“Let’s be very clear in this is to keep the public school teachers home and a draw a full paycheck. This is what bothers me tremendously,” Terrell said.

“The kids lost… a year of education last year. They’re going to lose another year because the public school teachers and the unions don’t want to go back to school,” he added.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for schools, encouraging them to once again require children to attend in-person classes wearing masks as the delta variant of the virus sweeps across the country.

The former L.A. teacher also pushed back on a claim from former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile who said that the federal government already has emissions standards requiring vaccines against polio and other ailments and diseases, while going on to claim there is no political motive behind the current vaccine and mask guidance.

He accused Brazile of espousing Democratic “talking points” while noting that the primary reason why unions are backing the moves is that Democratic administrations in states like California “kowtow” to them.

Terrell went on to say that the government has already been hypocritical in the enforcement of laws against illegal immigration. He said that Attorney General Merrick Garland’s threat to sue Texas for its attempt at enforcing its own laws regarding illegal entry comes as the Biden administration essentially looks the other way regarding migrants streaming into the country who are also positive for COVID-19.

And California, at the same time, is continuing its decades-long effort to ignore federal statutes against illegal immigration through its sanctuary policies, which is also, he said, worsening the pandemic once again.

“It’s a mixed message. It’s a message to plead to the Democratic base for passion. But logically it makes no sense,” Terrell said.

“Those unions do not care,” Terrell charged. “They talk a good game, but kids are being hurt and it’s offensive.”

Jon Dougherty

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