“What’s behind the increase in homeschooling,” Weingarten posted on X along with an article with the same title from Axios, which included experts attributing the rise to kids needing specialized services and the pandemic.
A flood of comments ensued, blaming Weingarten herself for parents fleeing the public school system.
“You are,” said Jon Gabriel, the editor-in-chief of Ricochet, a conservative news site, as the answer for the increase in homeschooling.
“The policies you’ve advocated, Covid-related and otherwise. Just like you’re behind much of the increased support for school choice and educational freedom. Congratulations!” said Manhattan Institute constitutional expert Ilya Shapiro.
After saying, “The answer is in your mirror @rweingarten,” Townhall columnist Phil Hollaway questioned why Weingarten turned off replies to her post.
“Are you afraid of the answers you’ll get? You and the teacher unions with help from [former CDC director Rochelle Walensky] sent public schools into a death spiral from which they may never recover,” he said.
Pastor Jesse Johnson of the Immanuel Bible Church echoed that same question. “This tweet is ironic at like six levels. But here is another: A person touted as the country’s top teacher asks a question then turns off replies to keep people from answering it. That sums up pedagogy in public schools right now,” the pastor said.
“Homeschooling is now the fastest-growing form of education in the U.S. Randi still doesn’t realize she is one of the greatest homeschool advocates in American history,” Young Americans for Liberty posted.
The director of the Independent Women’s Forum, Ginny Gentles, wrote, “What’s behind the increase in homeschooling? Well, [Randi Weingarten], with unions/activists pushing school districts to craft policies that assume parents are abusers, it’s time for families to find healthy and safe alternative education options.”
“Parents learned during covid that they often can’t trust schools to teach children effectively or respect their fundamental parental rights. You closed schools & left many parents with no other options. Now they know they can handle homeschooling. We should be thanking you,” the Moms for Liberty organization wrote.
The press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Jeremy Redfern said, “Can’t believe she posted this unironically. The lack of introspection continues.”