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Chicago Public Schools Continue Remote Learning With Two-Day ‘Cooling Off’ Period

Chicago Public Schools Continue Remote Learning With Two-Day ‘Cooling Off’ Period

But will the Chicago Teachers Union make negotiating any easier these next two days?

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) called for a two-day break after officials pulled off one agreement.

Students K-8th grade have not attended in-person class since March 2020 due to COVID-19. CPS wanted to open schools in January, but the union has made it difficult by insisting officials have not met any demands.

On Sunday night, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that teachers must be in their classrooms on Monday and students report on Tuesday.

The union threatened a strike. CPS threatened to lockout the teachers who did not show up.

Now they have two days to finish a deal:

“We have reached another important milestone today in our efforts to provide in-person learning for our students,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson said in a joint statement Monday afternoon. “We have secured agreement on one other open issue and made substantial progress on a framework that we hope will address the remaining issues. We are calling for a 48-hour cooling off period that will hopefully lead to a final resolution on all open issues.”

That’s no guarantee negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union will stop being heated, though it’s a sign of how much has changed since Lightfoot and CPS officials initially insisted they did not have to negotiate a reopening plan with the 25,000-member union.

The parties plan to keep bargaining Tuesday and Wednesday, while tens of thousands of students who were expected to return to schools this week continue remote learning at least until Thursday.

“As a result of the progress we have made, and as a gesture of good faith, for now, teachers will retain access to their Google Suite,” Lightfoot and Jackson said.

Preschool and special education teachers reported on January 4th. CPS locked out the teachers who did not report to work. Officials still consider them “absent without leave.”

The union has already approved of a strike if CPS does not meet their demands. Officials have met many requests, but it seems like the union keeps moving the goalposts.

The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti Skyles with the obvious point:



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Oceans is no longer at war with Eura-, ahem, Eastasia. The teachers’ union fails to comprehend the Official Scientific Truth: the pandemic has been cured by the Biden* administration (merely by being in power), and it is time to go back to the important task of turning children into the New Red Guard fighting for the Glorious Communist Revolution.

Paul In Sweden | February 2, 2021 at 9:24 am

Sell off the public schools, fire the teachers and tell them to make solar panels.

Brave Sir Robbin | February 2, 2021 at 9:30 am

I hope they refuse to go back to the classroom. It breaks their control over children by first showing they not interested in the welfare of your children, second by forcing parents to find alternatives to state monopoly education, and third reduces the control and indoctrination they can exert on children who are left largely unsupervised and more disconnected to their indoctrination which extends well beyond simple course content.

The state needs the children back in the classroom to exert greater control over the children and their parents.

American Human | February 2, 2021 at 10:07 am

From the photo, it is obvious, to me at least, that the teachers care more about the union than they do the students. Well I suppose students don’t pay union dues so…

What are the unions trying to accomplish? Perhaps they want to grill the students as to how their parents voted and then send the Trump voters to re-education camp.

Time to cancel some teaching contacts and hire non-union educators.

In the days of real leaders, this would have been taken care of. Does PATCO ring a bell?

JusticeDelivered | February 2, 2021 at 10:34 am

The Chicago school system is cheating both students and the public with incredibly poor performance and student outcome.

Call the union’s bluff, if they go on strike, and teacher pay is suspended, then the union can start paying strike pay.

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“CPS is required by law to notify members in writing of their *write* to elect COBRA”

I added the 2 *.

This is no doubt written by a Chicago teacher.

I sincerely hope that this little episode is a learning experience for those parents that vote Democrat

Those hefty teachers must not have been those girls that danced to get through college.

Odf. I’ve never read a headline which states, “Public Schools Continue Unpaid Leave With 2-Day ‘Cooling Off’ Period.”

There’s a solution in there somewhere…

More red pills. More democrat Frankenstein monsters being exposed.

democrat bosses: Psst, pandemic is over, biden is in the White House, back to work. Or at least pretent you’re going back soon.
teachers: I do classes with no pants on and eat bon bons all day. And still get my full paycheck. No way am I giving that up!
democrat bosses: Damn, that does sound pretty good! What do we do?
other democrat bosses on zoom call: I don’t have pants on either!

The Chicago Tribune again fails us. Read the cited article and what will you NOT be told? Why, the specific demands of the union. Included in these are —

— COVID rate in Chicago has to be < 3% (currently ~ 11%) by zip code
— all teachers vaccinated (100%)
— union has primary voice on judging school cleaning and disinfecting
— liberal rules for excusing teachers from working on-site
— teachers with a 'sick relation' in home can continue to teach remotely
— weekly testing at all schools, close schools for defined levels
— no 'simultaneous instruction', that means no to combined remote & in-person teaching
— safety committee in each school run by teachers, building engineers, personnel
— these committees can shut any school if 'unsafe'

I can find all this on-line. Now you know what the teachers' union wants. Why can't the Tribune tell us?

    Dathurtz in reply to stevewhitemd. | February 2, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Simultaneous Instruction (what my school has done) really sucks.

    20keto20 in reply to stevewhitemd. | February 2, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    As a retired teacher, I can tell you that these teachers are signing a death warrant for public education. I understand the need to feel safe but 100% of all teachers vaccinated? You cannot get any group (including doctors and nurses) to go 100%. Teachers (aka unions) control all inspections and maintain the ability to shut down any school? Wow, name me any other profession that can manage that one. Just one.
    At least I don’t see any of the crazy stuff in there–like changing voting rules, supporting educational projects which destroy the history of the country, supporting non-disciplined schools (that worked real well for Parkland Douglas didn’t it)? Too many “union” schools have little, if anything, to do with the education of their students. What happened to pride in a job well done? Oh wait, that’s part of the history than has been rewritten!

What fatties. Union salaries and little work will do that.

What does the general rate of COVID in Chicago have to do with the situation in the schools? Children don’t spread COVID, and if you believe these vaccines to be effective, neither will the teachers and administration. How is COVID a risk here?

Teachers need to “cool off“ for two days after NOT TEACHING.