Emails show that the California Teachers Union (CTA) were found spying on parents who advocated to reopen schools during the COVID-19 lockdowns, the CTA was doing so to conduct opposition research. The CTA has also been caught looking to parents for information on other parents. The story was uncovered when the principal of San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) was accidentally CC’d on an email, then was suggested to delete the email.
The following month, a CTA researcher named Ann Swinburn emailed a parent arm of the local union seeking to share information on parents.
Amid email exchanges, one of the parties accidentally CC’d a principal within the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD), which was sued by its local union – with help from CTA – in December 2020 to stay closed. Realizing their mistake, someone appeared to suggest the principal should delete the email – which he ultimately did not do.
Allison Stratton, one of the founders of Parents Association and an SDUHSD parent, filed a Public Records Act request to obtain the emails. Stratton told Fox News the emails confirmed her suspicions that CTA was spying on parents.
“We already suspected (it) because we see the same people show up at every school board meeting saying the same things, echoing what the union is saying. So, it’s not a surprise,” Stratton said. “They were working as hard as they could against parents who wanted school reopened.”
Fox News has reached out multiple times to the CTA for comment but did not hear back before publication. By Tuesday, Swinburn’s Twitter account was deleted.
“Conducting opposition research is a common practice in political campaigns. But to have the teachers’ union dedicate personnel to politically target moms and dads protecting their own children and expressing their first amendment rights is both startling and disgusting,” Christensen said in a statement to Fox News.
He added: “Entrenched special interests have used their war chests over the last two and a half years to intimidate and threaten anyone who dares to challenge their ineffective reign over public education. This must end.”
Multiple teacher unions let their voices be heard about their hopes to keep children out of the classroom, and showed little to no regard for how social isolation may impact children or their education. Students eventually got to go back to school, however, they were forced to wear masks and follow other prolonged COVID regulations. The big-brother-like approach of requesting parents to rat out other parents who may not agree with the views of the CTA shows the reach they believe they should have, all while socially isolating children and having no compassion for them.