JASON RANTZ

Rantz: After taking vaccines from grandma, Seattle teachers still refuse to go to class

Mar 4, 2021, 2:24 PM | Updated: 3:59 pm
A hallway and billboard remain empty at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on Sept. 24, 2020 in New York Cit...
A hallway and billboard remain empty at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on Sept. 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Teachers’ unions managed to put enough pressure on Governor Jay Inslee and other Democrats to jump the line and take vaccines from those most in need of protection. And they still refuse to return to the classroom, feigning concerns over safety. They should lose early access to vaccines as a result.

The Seattle Education Association voted Wednesday night to stay out of schools, sticking with the remote-classroom environment. Remote learning is failing students academically, and the isolation is causing deep emotional distress for kids. The teachers simply do not want to return to work.

But these teachers will happily take vaccines they do not need. A 27-year-old kindergarten teacher isn’t especially at-risk to contracting COVID from his or her students in a classroom with mitigation policies in place. How do we know this? The mountains of science and data saying so. But that 27-year-old teacher will steal a spot from your grandmother to get a vaccine.

Seattle teachers again let you all down

The Left screams about equity. Is this equitable?

A younger person, not at risk, will have an easier time navigating the online system to schedule a spot for a vaccine. Grandma? She’ll continue to struggle with the technology. She’s most at-risk. The teachers who jump the line care as much about grandma as they do about your struggling kids: not much at all.

We can pretend that all teachers are heroes, a common belief amongst parents. But ask yourself if their behavior is heroic. Your kids are struggling, and they’re complaining about going back to school. It’s too unsafe, they claim.

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Reverse course on vaccines

Gov. Inslee should reverse course and remove teachers from the vaccine priority.

Seattle teachers under 65 are not worthy of taking vaccines from those who are truly vulnerable. They were given access to vaccines earlier than scheduled because officials thought it would be a good faith offering to get them to reopen the schools. But what did Seattle teachers do? They took advantage, yet again, of Democrat offerings.

Gov. Inslee previously said he didn’t believe 25-year-old teachers should get in line ahead of their grandparents. When asked in a Thursday press conference why he made the decision to move educators forward in the prioritization following the directive from President Biden, Inslee said he disagreed with the president’s decision.

“I didn’t make the decision,” Inslee said. “The President of the United States made the decision, and he issued a legally binding directive to all states, including mine. And I followed the law.”

I’m told that most teachers want to go back into the classroom — that it’s the union keeping them out. How do you use that talking point after the membership voted to stay home?

Are teachers going to the grocery store? Are they getting haircuts? The SEA membership isn’t filled with recluses. They’re going on with their lives and engaging in behavior they’re pretending is especially risky. And your kids are disadvantaged. It’s selfish and disgusting.

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Rantz: After taking vaccines from grandma, Seattle teachers still refuse to go to class