The CDC adopted stricter mask guidance for public schools after a major teachers’ union pressured the agency with a reproving statement.
Email correspondence obtained by Fox News between officials from the National Education Association, the nation’s second largest teachers’ union, and the White House reveal collaboration to push the CDC to release more rigorous mask recommendations.
One such email includes a NEA draft statement criticizing the CDC for neglecting to address school safety in its May 13 public health guidance, which relaxed mask-wearing requirements indoors and outside for fully vaccinated Americans.
On May 14, a day after the CDC’s updated guidance went live, White House director of labor engagement Erika Dinkel-Smith said she convinced the NEA to put a pause on publishing its critical statement. The statement ultimately released by the NEA was significantly gentler in its criticisms of the CDC, which eventually clarified that everyone should be wearing masks in schools regardless of vaccination status.