While urging its members to “avoid any suggestion that they are speaking in their official capacity or on behalf of their local school district,” Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), for example, says the National Education Association (NEA) and its state affiliates support this “inspired movement” by students.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten tweeted her praise for union member Katrina Kickbush, who testified at a Senate Democrat hearing that focused on gun violence and strengthening the nation’s gun laws:
MSDstrong https://t.co/bentm5XMMC — Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) March 12, 2018
Ohio parent activist Heidi Huber tells Breitbart News the walkout “has nothing to do with keeping kids safe in school.”
Indiana parent activist Heather Crossin tells Breitbart News the student walkouts are an example that the “radical left has stooped to a new low with this latest stunt of using minors to fight their battles.”
WOW! I am so proud of Katrina Kickbush, the @AFTunion member who testified at the @SenateDems hearing “America Speaks Out: Protecting Our Children from Gun Violence” — read her powerful testimony from yesterday: https://t.co/WvOAT40LL0 pic.twitter.com/oeo4ZC1UYO
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) March 9, 2018
The White House proposal to harden schools and to arm teachers is straight out of the NRA playbook. It is antithetical to the needs of children and ignores the purposes of public education.
— Randi Weingarten (@rweingarten) March 13, 2018
Get ready to learn and enjoy learning — the @ShareMyLesson Virtual Conference will begin in just a few hours! Check out the lineup of amazing webinars: https://t.co/FBNqDX2RZk @AFTteach #EduPD #Edchat pic.twitter.com/4o2LdXeiS4
— AFT (@AFTunion) March 13, 2018