It’s not a good day to be a part of the United Teachers Los Angeles (or UTLA) union. On Monday night, Bill Melugin with Fox 11 Los Angeles tweeted out a fascinating find from a private Facebook group for UTLA members.
In the group titled “UTLA FB GROUP – Members Only,” teachers were warned not to share any Spring Break vacation plans on social media. Why? Because the optics would be bad for them while UTLA is refusing to return to what they say is “unsafe” in-person schooling.
If you are planning any trips for Spring Break, please keep that off of Social Media. It is hard to argue that it is unsafe for in-person instruction, if parents and the public see vacation photos and international travel.
NEW: In a leaked post from a private Facebook group for UTLA union members only, teachers are warned not to post on social media if they go on spring break vacations because the optics would be bad for them while UTLA is refusing to return to "unsafe" in-person schooling @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/KxQc7k450T
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 9, 2021
A response statement from UTLA read:
“We have a diverse membership and they are able to post their views on personal Facebook pages and in this Facebook group – however UTLA does not monitor nor is responsible for the content.”
Sounds like someone didn’t think through the optics, after all. I could be reaching here, but a leaked post from a private Facebook group asking teachers to hide vacation plans is worse than those teachers actually having vacation plans.
Either way, it might be time to give up this “unsafe” in-person schooling pitch. The science doesn’t back that up, and plenty of teachers feel safe enough to go on a Spring Break vacation.
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