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Republican states Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and Georgia have dozens of dead teachers and staff

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Since the start of the pandemic one of the most difficult conversations for people on all sides of the political spectrum to get into has been schools. It isn’t a new phenomenon, but like everything else in our COVID-19 times, it has brought the divisions between right and left, private and public, pro-teacher versus people who want teachers to just tell their kids what they themselves were told, discussions about education. While we all say we agree that children are our future and that teachers are some of the most important foundational members of a modern civilization, there is a disconnect in how connected we are with one another. This has made it easier for Republican operatives to organize behind their anti-union, faux pro-parent, anti-vaxxer, anti-mask mandate stance surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Places like Tennessee, Florida, and Texas have seen vitriolic protests by right-wing subsidized activists along with smaller groups of parents pushing against safety measures such as mask mandates on school campuses. The results have been predictable. School districts have had to close for quarantines, and worse yet, teachers have died. How many have died has been hard to pin down. Will the conservative pretend doctors who worry about children’s psychology during pandemic virtual learning go back on Fox News to discuss how kids are affected by their teachers dying? Probably not.

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