by Damjan Tutarkov
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to face pressure following reports that their school reopening guidelines may have been influenced by a major teachers’ union.
A group of Republican members of Congress is now demanding an investigation into the agency’s practices.
The story: As we reported last week, communications obtained by the New York Post earlier this month showed that in February, days before releasing new guidelines about school reopening, the CDC engaged in extensive communications with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which appeared to influence the CDC’s rules concerning in-person learning,
The communications showed the CDC was willing to allow schools to reopen, but after the AFT intervened, the agency added a provision that said, “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.”