Chicago mayor demands teachers return to classrooms on Monday as strike looms

Chicago mayor demands teachers return to classrooms on Monday as strike looms
Lori Lightfoot (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Timing is everything. Chicago has been hit especially hard by the blizzard sweeping across much of the country today. It is unlikely schools would be open today even if they had returned to a normal in-school schedule.]

Chicago students are facing a potential strike by their teachers after Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the nation’s third-largest district will proceed with the reopening of elementary and middle schools.

Negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union soured on Friday after the two sides could not come to an agreement about in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students have worked online for nearly a year, prompting frustration among parents and hope that Chicago Public Schools would follow through with its reopening plan for Monday.

“Another day has passed, and the CTU has not agreed to anything,” Lightfoot said at a news conference, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “The CTU leadership has failed and left us with a big bag of nothing.”

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Despite Lightfoot’s demand that elementary and middle schools must reopen on Monday, the Chicago Teachers Union vowed not to have its members return to classes without a deal with the city.

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