It is never about the children with the CTU.
Nothing. I repeat, absolutely nothing is good enough for the vile group known as the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).
They spent last school year doing everything possible to keep students out of the classroom. You don’t need stats to know keeping kids out of the classroom is detrimental to their education.
The school year starts on August 31. The CTU sent a letter to CPS and Mayor Lori Lightfoot, threatening to delay in-person school again.
CTU listed its demands to CPS and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to make the schools even safer before the school year starts in a few weeks.
It’s so weird. The CTU’s requests are almost identical to the demands from last year…which CPS took care of during the fall:
- Ventilation upgrades
- A COVID-19 testing plan for vaccinated and unvaccinated members of our school communities
- Maintenance of criteria and health metrics based on COVID prevalence to paunse in-person instruction
- Full-time contact tracers, nurses, social workers and counselors in every school building
- A comprehensive home visit program to engage students and families in every school community
CTU demanded “an open bargaining session” on August 11.
CPS has had enough of CTU’s antics:
“While your letter does not explain what you mean by an ‘open’ bargaining session, we do not agree that a session focused on presentation rather than substance will increase trust,” CPS Chief Labor Relations Officer Kaitlyn Girard wrote to CTU President Jesse Sharkey in a letter obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
“Both CPS and CTU have designated bargaining teams who represent their respective interests at the bargaining table. We do not think a platform for theatrical performance by either party will advance this process or get us to where we both acknowledge we need to be.”
CTU said it will still hold an open forum on August 11.
Almost 82% of the CPS teachers are fully vaccinated. Around 52% of the children aged 12-17 have their first vaccine shot.
State Superintendent Carmen Ayala mandated in-person learning. The mandate includes “limited exceptions.”DONATE
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