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Chicago teachers defy district order in vote to continue remote learning

Chicago Lecturers Union members voted Sunday to defy an order from Chicago Public Faculties to return to in-person instruction on account of issues over the coronavirus pandemic.

CPS, the nation’s third-largest college district behind New York and Los Angeles, beforehand referred to as the transfer an try to “cancel in-person studying for tens of hundreds” of youngsters, and added that it could be handled as an unlawful strike. CTU members argue that it could solely be a strike if lecturers can’t go surfing for distant studying. Some lecturers have already been locked out of their accounts.

Kindergarten via eighth grade lecturers had been initially scheduled to return to lecture rooms Monday. College students in kindergarten via eighth grade are set to return per week in a while Monday, February 1. In response to the CTU vote, CPS pushed the return date to Wednesday, January 27, as negotiations proceed. The scheduled return date for college students has not modified.

Distant studying will proceed till then, however these college students and lecturers who’ve already returned to in-person studying will stay within the classroom.

CTU argues {that a} return to the classroom earlier than lecturers are vaccinated towards COVID-19 is unsafe. The district has introduced plans to vaccinate employees, however that course of wouldn’t start till mid-February.

The Related Press stated the varsity district has roughly 355,000 college students and the union represents roughly 25,000 members. It additionally identified that Illinois is scheduled to begin the following section of its vaccination program on Monday, increasing accessibility to lecturers and other people 65 and older. In the meantime, President Biden has additionally stated he desires a majority of faculties to reopen throughout the first 100 days of his administration.

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