Press Release

AFT’s Weingarten on Joe Biden’s Plan to Reopen Schools in First 100 Days

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Andrew Crook
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WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden announced his plan to reopen the majority of U.S. schools in the first 100 days of his term with the supports in place to protect students, educators and staff. The AFT released its “Blueprint to Safely Open Schools” last week.

“Hallelujah! Unlike Trump, President-elect Biden understands that if we secure the resources and put the public health safeguards in place, we can open schools safely in the second semester—and his first 100 days. This is what visionary, steady and effective leadership during a pandemic looks like. Between this, a vaccine and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director who is ready to give national guidance free of political interference, we see a path forward for safe school buildings reopening.”​

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.