Chicago Public Schools closed for fourth consecutive day as mayor blasts teachers’ union for ‘illegal walk-out’


Chicago Public Schools have canceled fourth consecutive day of classes after city officials and representatives of the Chicago Teachers Union failed to come to an agreement on coronavirus safety measures.

The move was announced by Chicago Public Schools on Sunday night, and tweeted, “We are committed to reaching an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union as soon as possible.”

Chicago Public Schools says a “small number” of schools are planning to offer individual activities to students on Monday.

January. On Nov. 4, the Chicago Teachers Union voted to switch to Remote Learning because of the growing number of coronavirus cases in the area, or when the city signed a contract that said the union would return to individual learning. On “Return Conditions”

In response to this, the CPS Has been canceled Wednesday refused to allow distance learning for classes and students. Thursday and Friday classes in the district have also been canceled.

Chicago Mayor blames Lightfoot Teachers Union for ‘illegal walk-out’, rejects remote learning offer

A sign tapped on the front door of Chicago’s Pulaski International School, the school’s closure after the Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third-largest school district, says the teachers’ union voted in favor of a return to distance learning. In Chicago, Jan. 5, 2022. lbl / Jim Wondruska
(lbl / Jim Wondruska)

Chicago Teachers Union officials released a new proposal to the Chicago Teachers Union on Saturday, saying they will compromise.

The proposal Submitted The Chicago Teachers Union includes returning to work for union members on Jan. 10, with students learning remotely from Jan. 12-17, as well as personal learning resumes Jan. 18.

Under the proposal, Chicago Public Schools will provide KN95 masks to all staff and students, in addition to the previous agreement made in February 2021, giving students and staff medical-grade masks and other face masks.

The proposal establishes a stricter standard for closing schools for individual learning in individual schools within the district, which was opposed by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

At a press conference Saturday, union officials highlighted how Lightfoot tried to meet in the middle of a few areas of opposition. For example, the new proposal would require 10% of students and staff to be tested for coronavirus every week at each school and workplace, as well as provide take-home coronavirus tests to students, staff or volunteers.

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Lori Lightfoot speaking at a January 4 press conference (Facebook / Chicago Public Schools)

Lori Lightfoot speaking at a January 4 press conference (Facebook / Chicago Public Schools)
(Facebook / Chicago Public Schools)

All staff take a coronavirus test before returning to individual learning under the proposal.

At a press conference Wednesday, Lightfoot responded to the Chicago Teachers Union’s previous demand that the school district require all “staff, students, vendors and volunteers” to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test before returning to personal learning. CPS has said it will not go that route unless the parents opt out.

“We are not going to deprive parents of their rights and we will not take away their responsibility to tell us whether they want or need to be tested on their children. This is not. It is morally wrong,” Lightfoot said.

Shortly after the Chicago Teachers Union released their new offer, Lightfoot tweeted, “We’re not remorseful.”

Lightfoot tweeted, “The best and safest place for children is at school. Students need to get back in person as soon as possible. That’s what parents want.

Jessie Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, speaks at a press conference Saturday.  (Screenshot)

Jessie Sharkey, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, speaks at a press conference Saturday. (Screenshot)
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During NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning, Lightfoot called the Coalition’s action an “illegal walk-out.”

“To be clear, the Chicago Teachers Union is an illegal walk-out. “My team works every day. They’re back here on Sunday.”

LBL’s Daniel Wallace contributed to this report



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