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Title: The Story – Sunday, July 10: NEA President Dares Trump To Sit In A Classroom And ‘Breathe That Air’
Source: Fox News
Author: The Story
Date: July 10, 2020
…Also, here tonight, Rebecca Friedrichs, is a former teacher’s union representative. And you say that the way to get kids back in school is to get rid of the unions, to get rid of the school board, stop listening to them. And your point on that is, is how exactly?
REBECCA FRIEDRICHS, FMR TEACHERS UNION REPRESENTATIVE: Absolutely. Thank you for saying that. So as I hear Lily Eskelsen Garcia, I was forced to accept her representation for 28 painful years.
You know, as a teacher who – I’ve been in classrooms with 40 children and loved every single one of them, and no, they were not full of germs. And all I can say is there’s plenty of money. But what America needs to know is that Marxists are posing as teachers’ unions, and they are greedy, and all they are is about themselves at the expense of children.
They are always pushing a radical leftist political agenda. And they are never standing up for teachers or for children. And I worked on the inside to try to make a difference and make a voice a voice for teachers. They brutalized me. They’ve spit upon my friends, people at the NEA. They have boot us off the platform, when we try to speak out for what’s right for children. So I don’t buy it.
GALLAGHER: Really, Rebecca, the question I wonder is, I guess that you are clearly not on board with the teachers’ unions, the school boards and so forth. But what do you say to all those who say – even lawyers and so forth, that liability here is just so high that when you put these kids back in classrooms, if they get sick. If they get sick in the cafeteria and you’re closing down cafeterias. What do you say to them when they say, we’re just not quite ready.
FRIEDRICHS: Sure. Well, that’s the same argument that the teachers’ unions have been using to teachers like myself for decades. They terrified all of us and told us, oh, you need us because you need liability insurance, because everyone’s going to sue you.
Well, I don’t know any teachers who have been sued. I do know teachers who’ve been harassed and the unions did not protect them. So I think this is fear mongering. Parents care a lot and parents need to get back to work and kids need to get back to learning. Our parents do need to realize our schools are – if they’re union controlled, they’re not safe.
We do need President Trump’s education reform package. I’m cheering for that so that parents can choose the right schools for their kids and those schools can work with parents. And I don’t see all this all this soon coming if we can give parents a voice and give them choice.
GALLAGHER: Right. I want to point out that the United Teachers of Los Angeles – we don’t have time to put it on the screen. They have come out saying, you know what, we’re going to keep kids home. The first major union in the country to say we’re going to keep kids home for at least the first part of the fall semester. Quickly your thought on that.
FRIEDRICHS: Yes, well, I’m not surprised, because during the middle of COVID that same union fought so that their teachers would only have to teach four hours a day, while they were being paid full.
Now, you need to understand the teachers in this country are wonderful, amazing people. But these unions have brought their activists into our profession and they’re destroying us. Please America rescue teachers from these unions and rescue our kids too
GALLAGHER: Rebecca Friedrichs, good to have you on tonight. Thank you.
FRIEDRICHS: Thank you.
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