- FOX NEWS - AUG 31, 2021 - Emma Colton -
LA teachers' union refused to budge on school reopenings in March, citing 'structural racism'
The head of the Los Angeles teachers union claimed that there is "no such thing as learning loss" for students who were forced into remote learning during the pandemic, saying the children learned "survival" and "the difference between a riot and a protest."
"There is no such thing as learning loss," United Teachers Los Angeles President Cecily Myart-Cruz told "Los Angeles Magazine" in a rare sit-down interview when she was questioned about how her insistence to keep the school district locked down during the pandemic impacted students.
"Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience. They learned survival. They learned critical-thinking skills. They know the difference between a riot and a protest. They know the words insurrection and coup," she continued.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest district in the country, with more than 600,000 students.
Myart-Cruz was at the forefront of rejecting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s push to get teachers back into the classroom in March, saying $2 billion in incentives for teachers to return to in-person teaching was "a recipe for propagating structural racism."
"If you condition funding on the reopening of schools, that money will only go to white and wealthier and healthier school communities that do not have the transmission rates that low-income Black and brown communities do," Myart-Cruz said at the time.
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