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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Tuesday that 80% of all teachers, school staff and childcare workers in the U. S. have received at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Roughly 8 million pre-K through 12th grade workers had been vaccinated by the end of March, following President Biden’s March 2 directive to make all school staff and childcare workers eligible to receive the vaccine.
"Our push to ensure that teachers, school staff and childcare workers were vaccinated during March has paid off and paved the way for safer in-person learning," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Tuesday. "CDC will build on the success of this program and work with our partners to continue expanding our vaccination efforts, as we work to ensure confidence in COVID-19 vaccines."
But despite the rapidly increasing number of shots administered to school officials, teachers unions have remained reluctant to have their members return to the classroom for in-person teaching.
Legal battles have popped up around the nation from San Francisco to Chicago, largely surrounding the issue of getting teachers back in the classroom for in-person instruction.
In late March, an agreement in Oakland, Calif., to reopen classrooms early for high-needs students, including homeless, foster and special needs kids, was rescinded after not enough teachers agreed to return to the classroom, despite cash incentives and vaccine prioritization.
Oakland teachers will be required to start in-person instruction on April 14, just three weeks after the district and teachers unions agreed to get instructors back in the classroom for select students.
But father of a southern California middle school student, Scott Davison, said that from what he has seen, it is not the teachers who are keeping schools from reopening, but rather union officials.
"I do think it is important to distinguish the attitude of the majority – the vast majority of teachers do not share the opinion of their union," Davison, an attorney who helped launch a lawsuit under the Parent Association against six California school districts and the state, told Fox News. "I talk to plenty of teachers all the time, who eminently disagree with the take of their teachers union."
"I think it is important to distinguish that these are union leaders that have political talking points and political agendas that are trying to demand benefits for them, that really go against what their calling is – which is to help students," Davison added.
Davison is not alone in suspecting teachers unions have been driving the narrative and directing school teachers on how to act during this unprecedented time.
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