Bill de Blasio closed all New York City public schools based on an arbitrary citywide COVID-19 positivity rate of 3.00%

Positivity rate in NYC schools: 0.28%
"In-person schooling does not appear to increase the risk of covid-19 transmission for staff and students, according to data from New York state."
Governor Cuomo: "We're not seeing spread in the schools.

You see a very low percentage of positivity in the schools."
Brooklyn borough president: "I believe we need to keep the schools open at this time."
"Schools Aren't Super-Spreaders"…
"In-person classes turn out not to cause spikes in cases or fatality."…
"Schools are not spreading covid-19. This new data makes the case."…
"So why close the schools?"

Cuomo: "well because the agreement [...] the local school districts consulted their parents, the teachers at the time, the teachers union at the time, and they came up with an agreement."

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25 Nov
Cleveland Heights Teachers Union announced that they intend to strike starting December 2nd

Every family should be able to take their children's education dollars elsewhere.
If Safeway employees strike you can take your money to Trader Joe's

If school employees strike you should similarly be able to take your children's education dollars elsewhere.
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24 Nov
The Ohio legislature passed a bill to expand their private school choice program.

House passed: 53-36
Senate passed: 24-8

But the teachers union is now trying to get the governor to veto the bill.
The union claims school choice "diverts resources from public schools"

But why would giving families a choice divert resources from public schools?🤔
That claim is absurd.

Allowing families to choose their grocery store doesn't "divert resources from Safeway"

Allowing families to choose their school doesn't "divert resources from public schools"

The money doesn't belong to any particular institution.
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23 Nov
The Atlantic: "Keeping kids out of the classroom will make recovering from the pandemic harder in the long term, while not keeping us any safer in the near term."
"Evidence from around the world—and even from New York City—shows not only that many schools should remain open, but that officials should take more steps to open up classrooms."
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22 Nov
Why would giving families a choice "take money from public schools"?🤔
Why would families choose charters if they have "no accountability"?🤔
Charter schools are directly accountable to families

If a charter school underperforms it shuts down

If a district school underperforms it gets more money.
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21 Nov
Washington Post: "Schools are not spreading covid-19. This new data makes the case."
"In-person schooling does not appear to increase the risk of covid-19 transmission for staff and students, according to data from New York state."
"~80 percent of schools in the state reported no covid-19 cases at all.

& of those schools that did detect covid, ~90 percent had only 1 or 2 cases across all students & staff [...] students & teachers don’t appear to be catching covid from each other."
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20 Nov
The nation’s largest teachers union released a "policy playbook" for the Biden administration:

• "Oppose all charter school expansion"
• "Bar federal funding to charter schools"
• Regulate all charter schools
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These policies all protect the monopoly at the expense of families.

We should fund students instead of institutions.
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