American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten was mocked for inadvertently making the case for college alternative on Monday.

“This parent chooses to drive her students to a school district that has a mask mandate. Masks save lives and limit the spread of #COVID,” Weingarten tweeted, with a hyperlink to a narrative about Michigan dad and mom who selected to journey to high school districts that had masks mandates.

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School alternative advocates joked they had been pleasantly shocked Weingarten was out of the blue taking on their trigger, zeroing in on the phrase “chooses.” Weingarten has been a sharp critic of increasing constitution colleges and compared school-choice applications to segregation.

Several others advised Weingarten had printed a self-own.

“Well would you look at that, looks like the president of the 2nd largest teachers union supports school choice. She just doesn’t know it,” California State Sen. Melissa Melendez tweeted.

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Weingarten was the goal of many annoyed dad and mom final yr as ATF appeared to maintain pushing the goalposts for college reopenings in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The union was even found to have influenced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to delay back-to-school dates over group transmission charges.

The CDC had been ready to permit in-school instruction no matter transmission charges. But after corresponding with unions, the rules had been adjusted to incorporate a provision that mentioned, “In the event of high community-transmission results from a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, a new update of these guidelines may be necessary.”

Many of the identical critics scoffed when Weingarten claimed in May her union had been pushing for teenagers to return to the classroom since only one month after the pandemic’s preliminary outbreak.

“We tried to reopen schools safely since April 2020…” Weingarten wrote in response to an nameless Twitter person.

Yet, as some social media customers identified, on April 28, 2020, the union chief tweeted, “Re-opening this soon will bring an even more powerful second wave of #COVID19. We have to be sure we are re-opening safely and not rushing things.”