Infrequently discussed long term effects of closed schools:

* Public opinion in blue areas turning against teacher's unions;

* Public sentiment increasingly viewing unions as a big money special interest group;
* School boards filled with people who are anti-union, pro-school choice;

* States defunding public ed as they pass laws that "fund students, not systems;"

* Public ed defunding itself as there's a massive shift of people out of public ed into charters and private schools.
Oh and let's not forget:

* Ds losing any gains they may have made with suburban white women in 2018 & 2020.
Political memory is short, but the year you had to quit your job to do zoom school with your second grader - who still can't read properly and is behind - may be a particularly indelible experience.
You want Medicare for All? Hahaha we're losing both houses in 2022. Increased support for organized labor in the gig economy? You blew that one. Any sort of large scale social justice reform? If it doesn't happen in the next year, it's not happening for a looooooong time.
So while progressives in the #openschools debate fight over which side is the most racist, Republicans are quietly capitalizing on this amazing issue that Democrats just dropped in their laps.

Can we please focus on that?

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13 Feb
I am a registered Democrat. I have voted in every election (primary & general) since I turned 18. I have never once, not ever, voted for a Republican. I thought after Trump I never would.

Guys, this is really bad. Really, really bad.
Every day I meet someone who thinks that once teachers are vaxd, schools will magically go back to full time. But there is zero effort to tie teacher vax to open schools. A Rep Sen attempted to tie vax to a commitment to open schools. Was it a cynical move? Yes. But also smart.
D success in 2018 and 2020 relied on suburban (white) women who aren't really Democrats, but they didn't like Trump. D success in 2022 (including holding onto a majority in Congress) will depend on these women.
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