U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky held only one parent meeting before releasing school reopening guidance, and documents published Thursday show that the meeting featured left-wing activists.
The lone 30-minute parent meeting on Feb. 10, 2021, featured five participants, including Roz Keith, who founded Stand with Trans, an organization for parents of transgender children, according to documents obtained by Americans for Public Trust and published by Fox News.
Other attendees at the meeting about COVID-19 guidance included Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, the executive director of the progressive group MomsRising, and American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, whose union endorsed President Joe Biden in 2020.
“Maybe if the CDC spent less time appeasing activists and unions, kids could have returned to school faster and wouldn’t be facing devastating losses in learning,” Americans for Public Trust Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland told the outlet.
Walensky’s press secretary, Jason McDonald, said the CDC director and other scientists “attended dozen of engagements with a diverse range of groups and advocacy organizations ahead of the release of the COVID-19 schools guidance.”