A teacher’s union president in Berkeley is under fire for taking his kid to school – at a time when many in the union are opposed to re-opening until teachers get vaccines.
In a state still racked by pandemic hysteria, Matt Meyer -who serves as president of Berkeley Federation of Teachers- was caught on video as he dropped his daughter off at a private school.
While Berkeley Unified announced it plans to return in-house learning later this month, the union will only allow teachers to return to classrooms once they have been vaccinated.
According to The Mercury News, Meyer’s actions set off a firestorm after an advocacy group known as “Guerilla Momz” created a video using the footage.
“Thousands of our children are suffering learning loss, social isolation and mental heath breakdowns,” the video said in captions before showing Meyer dropping his daughter off. “Stop the hypocrisy. Our children are suffering. Open schools full-time now.”
It is unknown who Guerilla Momz represent, though they may be tied to the unions.
Meyer denies any wrongdoing, stating that there are no public options for his 2-year-old.
“There are major differences in running a small preschool and a 10,000-student public school district in terms of size, facilities, public health guidance and services that legally have to be provided,” Meyer said. “We all want a safe return to school. The Berkeley Federation of Teachers is excited that Berkeley Unified will be reopening soon with a plan, supported by our members and the district, to get our students back in classrooms.”
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