Presidents of teachers unions call for full school reopening
May 17, 2021
The presidents of the nation's two major teachers unions called separately for a full return to in-person learning in the fall, with the leader of the American Federation of Teachers declaring Thursday that her organization was "all-in."
In an address on social media, Randi Weingarten said the wide availability of vaccines and a new infusion of federal education money have removed many obstacles that prevented schools from opening.
"Conditions have changed," Weingarten said. "We can and we must reopen schools in the fall for in-person teaching, learning and support. And keep them open. Fully and safely, five days a week."
The National Education Association issued its own statement after Weingarten's remarks.