As readers of this column know, I support teachers unions, having participated in three strikes during the 28 years I taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District. But the United Teachers Los Angeles’s opposition until a few days ago to reopening classrooms until all teachers and staff have been able to get both shots of the vaccine will lose them popular support (“Teachers Union Privilege,” The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 4).
When Covid19 first surfaced and little was known about it, I understood why UTLA was adamantly against teachers returning to their classrooms. But the experience of private and religious schools that have never closed undermines the union’s argument. If non-public schools can operate safely, then why can’t public schools?
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