Oakland teacher points finger at 'rich white parents' in reopening debate

Oakland teacher points finger at 'rich white parents' in reopening debate

An Oakland special education teacher who also serves as the secretary of the Oakland Education Association added fire to the growing school reopening debate with a pointed Tweet criticizing parent concern that distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their children's mental health. Bethany Meyer tweeted on Feb. 17, "All the rich white parents suddenly concerned about mental health can take a seat. Most of them are causing their kids' anxiety by pressuring them to complete asynchronous work and feeding into their sense of entitlement. Sorry/not sorry." Meyer later deleted her tweet and her Twitter account is now only accessible upon request. Meyer didn't respond to a request for comment for this story, but the Oakland teachers union released a response when asked by SFGATE to comment specifically on Meyer's tweet. "After a harrowing winter surge, it is encouraging that Alameda County is on the cusp of entering the red tier," Keith Brown, the president of the Oakland Education Association, wrote in an email Monday. "I’m deeply appreciative of our healthcare workers and to everyone who followed shelter in …
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