I heard that ABC was introducing a new sitcom this fall called “Democrats Fight to Open Schools.” My mistake. It’s not a sitcom, it’s commercials run by Democrats who allowed the teacher’s unions to keep your kids out of school. That’s right.
The same Democrats who surrendered to their huge donors in the battle to open schools at the expense of your children, now claim to have fought to open schools.
On the other hand, you can’t dismiss their claims altogether. After all, the schools did not reopen. Since the Democrats rarely get things right, it is possible they tried to reopen the schools but failed miserably as usual. This year will be a major test to see if their strategy will work.
Virginia passed a law that greatly increased the power of the teacher’s unions and their schools remained closed tighter than a drum.
This year, Virginia voters will be electing both the governor and the state legislature. Some say it is a test of political parties, but I think this is an IQ test for parents. Schools that remained closed and taught remotely show that grades dropped significantly.
Parents who prioritize their children’s education should not vote for a single Democrat. That could explain why the governor’s race is so tight. But never underestimate the lack of intelligence of the voters.
But, last year, Republicans in the Virginia legislature drafted a bill to reopen the schools at that time. Of the 10 sponsors, only two were Democrats. That bill called for reopening schools at the time.
Of all of the Democrats now running on a platform of reopening the schools, not a single one of them voted for that bill. Instead, they proposed and passed a bill not to reopen schools until the fall of 2021.
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By the time of those votes in February 2021, data showed that closed schools had led to massive levels of failure and inequality in the state – all during the ten-month period between March 2020 and January 2021. Reopening schools by September 2021 meant up to another seven months of lost learning. Records obtained by the National Review showed that unions sent thousands of emails to Democratic state lawmakers about school re-opening.
Other Democrats, such as Fairfax’s Kathleen Murphy, are proudly advertising their alliance with the teachers union this election, appearing to think that traditionally Democratic voters will still fall captive to tribal appeals, such as mentions of Donald Trump, even if those have little to do with state policy in 2021 and are unlikely to have a palpable effect on families’ lives the way schools do. Such a strategy seemed to work for Gavin Newsom, the California governor who survived a recall election this year.