ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — Rebecca Friedrichs releases this statement after American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten defended her role in COVID-19 school closures during a Congressional hearing Wednesday:
“Congress beware: almost every word that comes out of Ms. Weingarten’s mouth is a lie. Trust me and the thousands of good teachers who’ve been misrepresented and bullied by Weingarten and thuggish teacher unions — we call them ‘the education mafia.’ Their actions are driven by a radical agenda to intentionally undermine families and our republic, while their twisted words conceal their actions.
“I’m glad Congress has finally confronted the education mafia about their intentional role in shutting down schools across the nation during the pandemic. Their policy upended lives for millions (including good teachers) and set back a generation on its path to learning.
“Congress must show the same gumption to investigate and redress the multitude of other evils Weingarten and the unions have thrust upon America, her teachers and kids — it’s so much more than just COVID school closures. America’s real and good teachers stand ready — asking Congress to call upon us — to expose and silence these frauds.”
View the entire hearing here.