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Ex-Levi executive who lost her job for criticizing school closings demands accountability as Democrats admit mistakes

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A long moment Levi Strauss & Co. the executive who was forced out of the company for criticizing school closings during the COVID pandemic demanded accountability on Tuesday as top Democratic leaders admit the closings were a mistake – the same perspective that her cost his job and a $1 million severance package months earlier.

Jennifer Sey was “pushed” from her top job in February over her outspoken opposition to school closures and remote learning. Sey told Fox News that she chose to forgo a million dollar severance package to avoid signing a nondisclosure agreement that would limit her ability to continue drawing attention to the problem.

“I was asked to quit repeatedly for two years, and eventually it was decided there was no place for me in the company anymore,” she said on “America Reports. “. “And I chose to leave on my own terms.”

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A sign taped to the front door of the Pulaski International School of Chicago reads: School closed after Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest school district in the nation, said they would cancel classes as the union of teachers voted in favor of a return to distance learning, in Chicago, January 5, 2022. REUTERS / Jim Vondruska
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In the months that followed, Sey said she was “demonized” and called a “racist” and was even accused of being a member of the QAnon conspiracy group.

But as the troubling consequences of school closures take shape with the start of a new school year, prominent Democratic leaders are now admitting remote learning was a mistake. As recognition serves as vindication for Sey and so many others like her, she wonders who, if anyone, will be held accountable.

“It’s frustrating, it’s a sweet word, that this thing I was saying that I lost my job for is now being accepted as the truth,” Sey said. “But we seem to have skipped a step because we went from vilifying anyone who spoke out against it to accepting it as truth, and there was no accountability.

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“It’s like it happened but no one did,” she continued. “But it was a political decision by government leaders, largely in blue states and cities, and the public health officials they empowered and there has to be accountability. It’s too late for me , and you know what, frankly, it’s more important and more tragically too late for a lot of kids who have fallen hopelessly behind or kids who have dropped out of school and aren’t coming back. life, their life expectancy and what happens to this generation for a very long time.”

Abigail Previlon, 13, participates in distance learning on a Chromebook with help from her mother Carlene at home on October 28, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut.

Abigail Previlon, 13, participates in distance learning on a Chromebook with help from her mother Carlene at home on October 28, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut.
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Sey encouraged parents to continue speaking out to protect their children, urging them not to let “libel from public voices” deter them.

“I’m not crying poor me here, I was just a well paid executive and I’ll find my way from here,” she said. “But the demonization and defamation of public voices like mine amounted to censorship and prevented parents from speaking out.”

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More importantly, Sey said parents should do their research and make smart decisions at the November midterm polls.

“Have you supported the kids during this time? When I vote in November, that will be the main factor for me,” Sey said. “Because so many people have been neglected and so many people have been hurt.

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