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Chicago Teachers Union Asking All Teachers To Work Remotely Starting Monday

Thousands of CPS teachers are slated to report to the classroom Monday, but the teachers union is asking its members to work remotely instead. A majority of teachers will have to approve the plan for it to go into effect.

Chicago Teachers Might Vote This Week To Strike, Sources Say

Union leaders plan to discuss whether teachers might refuse to work in schools but continue working online, which doesn't fit the definition of a traditional strike.

CPS Boss Says Parents Who Want Schools Open Are Being ‘Drowned Out’ By Teachers Union

CPS CEO Janice Jackson said as negotiations with the CTU continue, the conversation has to be “about how to reopen schools safely, not a debate around whether or not schools should reopen.”

After Coronavirus Hits McCutcheon, Teachers Urge A Halt To Reopening: ‘I Don’t Feel Safe Returning To School’

Two McCutcheon staffers contracted coronavirus in the past week and eight others have been forced to quarantine. That has caused staffing shortages as some students return to classrooms.

COVID-19 Cluster At Uptown’s McCutcheon School Leaves 8 Staffers Quarantined, Just 1 Teacher In Building, Union Says

The Uptown elementary school is in "chaos" due to the coronavirus cases, Chicago Teachers Union officials said.

Locked Out Of Digital Classrooms, CPS Teachers Take Fight Against In-Person Learning To Del Valle’s Door

Teachers attempting to sign in to virtual classrooms were blocked Tuesday after the district locked out teachers who refused to return to the classroom because of coronavirus.

Teacher At Uptown’s McCutcheon School Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Forcing Principal, 4 Others Into Quarantine

School will continue as planned despite the positive cases, CPS said. But staffers say they're concerned it took days to notify others about the infection.

Teachers Union Blasts Mayor, CPS Chief For Threatening To Discipline, Dock Pay Of Those Who Don’t Report To School

One teacher calls returning to school a "life and death" decision while Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson say schools must open to prevent students from falling behind.

In Backing CPS Reopening, Health Department Studied COVID-19 In Catholic Schools — Which Presents Problems, Critics Say

A study by the city's health department monitoring coronavirus spread in the Catholic School system shows in-person learning is relatively safe, city officials said. But some educators say the study is flawed.

Local School Councils Pushing Chicago Public Schools To Halt Reopening Efforts: ‘We Reject This Plan’

At least three local school councils have passed resolutions asking CPS to halt its school reopening plans, saying it's not safe for students, teachers and families at this stage of the pandemic.

Among The Chicago Teachers Union’s Demands: No To ‘Simultaneous’ Instruction

The union released its list of demands Thursday, and it’s the most detailed look yet at what it would take to get union leaders to support reopening schools.

West Side Parents Protest Plan For New STEAM School: ‘Take The Money … And Invest That Into Our Existing Schools’

Proponents of the new school say the proposal is overwhelmingly popular among Lawndale residents. But some say closing three schools is too high a price to pay.

Two Chicago Charters To Keep Virtual Learning Until The New Year; CPS Hasn’t Announced Plans

Chicago International Charter Schools and Acero, which each oversee more than a dozen campuses, surveyed parents and found a majority preferred to continue learning remotely.

Labor Ruling Could Complicate Chicago’s Fall School Reopening Timeline

The union argued school clerks shouldn’t be required to work in-person if another option is possible, and that bringing in employees violated the contractual promise for a safe working environment.

CPS Parents, Teachers Say They’re Frustrated By Vague Reopening Plans: ‘I Do Not Want To Be An Experiment’

The Chicago Teachers Union wants CPS to scrap its hybrid model and focus on a remote learning plan for the start of the school year.

Teachers Union Demands CPS Close All Schools Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Chicago's public schools, which serve more than 300,000 students, have remained open — even as Catholic schools and other districts close.

Chicago Teachers Vote To Ratify New Contract By Wide Margin

The final margin was 81 percent to 19 percent with 80 percent of schools reporting late Friday.

No School For 11th Day, But A Halloween Deal Could Happen — If Lightfoot OKs Make Up Days

The 10-day teachers strike could be coming to an end as members of the Chicago Teachers Union's house of delegates plan to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday to vote on a tentative agreement.

Frustrated Teachers Take On Lincoln Yards As Strike Reaches Day 9: ‘TIF Money … Should Be Going To Our Schools’

Earlier this month, Mayor Lightfoot said the $1.3 billion tax subsidy for Lincoln Yards is not "available [money] that we can just shift somewhere else."

Chicago Teachers Tired But Resolute As Strike Winds Down Second Week

“My morale is pretty low. I feel a bit defeated, but I am still going to keep coming back each day," one teacher said Friday.

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