Chicago Teachers Union Pushes Against Return to In-Person Learning This Fall

As Chicago Public Schools officials contemplate how to go
about instruction in the fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the
Chicago Teachers Union is pushing for remote learning to continue, and for
in-person learning to be paused, this fall.

“We stand for a safe and equitable reopening of the schools,
but today COVID-19 cases are soaring instead of dissipating,” CTU President
Jesse Sharkey said in a statement. “There is simply no way to guarantee safety
for in-school learning during an out-of-control pandemic, and that means we
must revert to remote learning until the spread of this virus is contained.”

The news comes as school districts across the country cope
with the ongoing pandemic, and with pressure from numerous corners, including
the White House, to resume in-person instruction.

In the state of Illinois, school districts are being allowed
to develop their own plans for the fall, with social distancing procedures in
place and with all students and faculty required to wear masks if schools opt
for in-person learning.

Many districts have gone for a hybrid approach to schooling,
with students splitting time between the classroom and their homes.

In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has indicated that a
decision on schooling could come in the near future, but the CTU is now pushing
publicly for a return to remote learning before any announcement takes place.

In fact, the organization will hold a press conference on
Thursday morning to address the issue, and to express its concerns about
resuming in-person learning.

“The mayor and school executives for both charters and CPS
must begin to see parents, students, educators and other stakeholders as partners
whose lives are valued – while the mayor’s ‘mitigation’ approach guarantees
that lives will be at risk,” CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said in a


via NBC Chicago

July 15, 2020 at 10:06PM

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