Teachers union head Randi Weingarten thanked for unintentionally promoting school choice

Twitter users clap back at the AFT president, who has been a critic of expanding charter schools.
By: | October 6, 2021

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten was mocked for inadvertently making the case for school choice 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 link to a story about Michigan parents who chose to travel to school districts that had mask mandates.

School choice advocates joked they were pleasantly surprised Weingarten was suddenly taking up their cause, zeroing in on the word “chooses.” Weingarten has been a sharp critic of expanding charter schools and compared school-choice programs to segregation.

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