On Tuesday, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union boss Randi Weingarten at Francis Xavier Nava Elementary School in Santa Fe to sign S.B. 1, a bill to increase teacher salaries.
The embattled governor and Weingarten were joined by children wearing masks as Lujan Grisham signed the pay hike, which will increase pay in the state’s three-tier licensure system to $50,000, $60,000, and $70,000.
Weingarten has long been a controversial figure, who still believes children should be masked while at school until the transmission of the virus is “low enough” it hits zero. Her pandemic track record is also horrific. According to The Federalist:
Weingarten’s pandemic track record is nothing but an advertisement for anti-classroom learning. From the beginning, it was Weingarten’s AFT PAC that funneled more than $1.6 million to pro-lockdown Democrats and left-wing organizations. At the beginning of April, many of the same Democrats who benefit from the unions’ political donations jammed Biden’s $1.9 [pandemic] spending plan through Congress with the hope that the funds would push schools to reopen. Biden’s spending plan, which was criticized by Republicans, allotted more than $129 billion to elementary, middle, and high schools to use in their reopening efforts, despite the 100 million unspent dollars already designated for school expenses like “cleaning and disinfecting” in the CARES Act. A few weeks later, 52 percent of K-12 districts were still not offering fully in-person classes for all of their students.
Weingarten’s AFT was just one of the hypocritical teacher’s unions that tried to hold taxpayers hostage by demanding more funding in exchange for giving children basic education.
Weingarten, who herself bucked the CDC’s guidelines, denied the CDC’s science. In a March 19, 2021 statement, AFT New Mexico denied the CDC’s science as “lacking” in the “totality” of the “safety strategy,” whatever that means. The union also denied the efficacy of the inoculation, claiming it is “not a silver bullet.”
During the lockdown, Lujan Grisham, emboldened by Weingarten and the teachers’ unions, shuttered schools, leaving many children without instruction whatsoever for months on end.