The politics of going back to school amid the pandemic

Practical Politics

David L. Horne, PH.D. | 7/16/2020, 2:58 p.m.

That will change very soon and very dramatically. The United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) Union, while clearly considering the safety of the district’s children, has one specific clientele—the district’s professional teachers and teaching assistants. Unless the UTLA is firmly convinced that re-opening schools anytime this fall will be safe for the teachers, there will be no opening of schools.

This cannot be overstated. It’s not the POTUS, it’s not the U.S. Secretary of Education. It is not even the California State Superintendent of Education, nor the L.A. Board of Education that will determine whether public schools open this fall. The determining entity is and will continue to be the UTLA, just as it will be similar teachers’ unions in all other states.

Please, let us not get this confused.

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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