NY Take Action – Is genetic information being harvested from school required Covid-19 tests?

     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.

     Please share this message with friends and family, and please post on social networks while we still can.

For more information from NY Teachers for Choice:

https://nyteachersforchoice.wordpress.com/2020/10/07/new-york-take-action-now-is-nyc-stealing-teacher-and-student-dna/

De Blah Blah Throws School Ball in Dictator Cuomo’s Court

July 3, 2020 — Mayor De Blasio announced a plan to open NYC schools in September and Cuomo’s office responded by stating the mayor does not have the authority to open schools. That’s because Cuomo was given emergency (dictator-like) powers till April of 2021 with the passage of bill S7919. De Blasio knew this would be Cuomo’s response. The mayor is politically positioning himself in line with the Governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which are all planning for or recommending schools to open in September.

Cuomo is eerily silent about whether New York schools will reopen in September. He’s released no guidance, and no plan. I maintain that is because he does not want in-person schooling to reopen in order to move along the horrifying Bill Gates “Reimagine Education” agenda which would drastically expand remote learning.

What De Blasio just did was say, “Now all eyes on you Andrew – whatchyagonnado???

New York City is the largest school system in the nation, educating 1 million children. The time to plan a reopening is right now as there is no time to lose. Seeing the northeast states trending towards opening De Blasio felt it was necessary to pick a side. The final push for De Blasio was seeing the AAP releasing an extensive report stating it is perfectly safe to begin in-person schooling once again.

If Cuomo decides to reopen schools (although all signs are that he does not want to) De Blasio is already positioned for it and planning ahead. If Cuomo keeps schools closed when the backlash comes from parents, social workers, therapists, and various organizations who will rightly show all the data building up proving children are being more harmed than helped by schools remaining closed, De Blasio can say, “You see! I had a plan to reopen but the Governor screwed up.” It’s actually pretty smart politics for Dumb Dumb De Blah Blah.

Ball’s in your court Cuomo.

Whatchyagonnado???