Did New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) union boss Michael Mulgrew agree to allow the harvesting of DNA and genetic data from students and teachers forced to get Covid-19 tests? NY Teachers for Choice, an organization of public school teachers, is still trying to get that question answered after weeks of effort. And what is happening with the swabs in the rest of the state?
Mayor de Blasio and Miller made submitting to monthly Covid-19 tests for teachers a condition of returning to in-person teaching in New York City. At the present, testing IS NOT mandatory for students, but a major effort is underway to obtain consent from parents to test their children. And school districts across the state are deploying a patchwork of testing requirements.
Samples in New York City are tested exclusively by Fulgent Genetics, a company whose primary business is selling data from their proprietary database of genetic information. So far silence from the Mayor and the UFT.
Please take a few minutes and call the following leaders and ask if genetic information is being harvested from school-based Covid-19 tests:
Mayor Bill de Blasio, (212) 788-3000
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, (518) 474-8390
UFT President Mulgrew Miller, (212) 331-6311
Chancellor Richard Carranza, (212) 374-0200
Speaker Corey Johnson, (212) 564-7757
And click on the link Take Action to send messages to Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, union boss Miller, NYC schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, and NYC Speaker of the City Council Corey Johnson asking if testing companies are allowed to harvest the genetic information of school children and school employees.
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