You’re going to work. John Cornyn’s on vacation. Again.

The truth is he doesn’t care — and he doesn’t understand
what’s at stake.

August 14, 2020

Rob D’Amico,, 512-627-1343

Sen. John Cornyn released a misleading campaign ad today about reopening schools that suggests he actually cares about educators and parents. 

The truth is he doesn’t care — and he doesn’t understand what’s at stake.

Cornyn has said children can’t get COVID-19. Here’s a quick science lesson for the senator: Kids get COVID-19, and they can spread it to their parents and grandparents, too. 

But Cornyn agrees with Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos about reopening schools: open now, even if it’s unsafe. Already, Texas educators and students are getting COVID-19 in unsafe school environments. Some of our colleagues, friends, and loved ones have died from this virus and the tragically inept response from Cornyn, Trump, and Gov. Greg Abbott. 

In the words of Texas AFT President Zeph Capo: “Texan educators are in desperate need of leadership in this time of crisis, but John Cornyn continues to fail them. John Cornyn has allowed the HEROES Act—which would provide billions for school safety and much-needed unemployment pay for bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and other school employees furloughed or off work due to the pandemic—to languish in the Senate. But John Cornyn doesn’t care. He’s on a taxpayer-funded vacation from the Senate.”

To Texans, it looks like typical Cornyn behavior: abysmally mishandling a crisis, abandoning struggling working Texans, and skipping town without getting the job done. Texas educators need to get registered to vote and prepare to hold politicians like him accountable this November.

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.