White House calls CDC outreach to teachers union on school guidelines ‘longstanding best practice'

White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended a teachers’ union’s role in developing guidelines circulated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) during a briefing on Tuesday. 

Psaki said it was standard procedure for the CDC to consult outside groups when making recommendations. 

“It’s actually longstanding best practice for the CDC to engage with organizations, groups that are going to be impacted by guidance and recommendations issued by the agency,” press secretary Jen Psaki said. “It doesn’t mean they are taking everything they want, or even a percentage of what they want.”

“But it’s important to understand the implementation components,” Psaki continued. “They do so to ensure that recommendations are feasible and that they adequately address the safety and well-being of the individuals the guidance is aimed to protect. So, the CDC engaged with around 50 stakeholders that are on the front lines in this pandemic and have requisite perspective for the guidance.”

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