Statement on new CDC reopening push for schools

July 24, 2020

Rob D’Amico,, 512-627-1343

Texas AFT President Zeph Capo commented today on a statement pushing the reopening of schools:

Amazing, isn’t it, how in two-weeks time the CDC can go from an internal document noting the high risk of school reopenings to now saying it’s perfectly safe to push millions of kids back into classrooms.

These guidelines have gone to the White House gift wrapper and are now an insulting, politically-packaged campaign piece. We’ll take one guideline to heart, because it’s what we’ve done all along with no national leadership: “working closely with local health officials to make decisions on whether to maintain school operations.”

Texas American Federation of Teachers represents some 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.