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Chicago Teachers Reject Reopening Plan, Refuse to Return to In-person Work

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Chicago Teachers Reject Reopening Plan, Refuse to Return to In-person Work

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Thousands of Chicago’s public school teachers on Monday refused to return to classrooms, halting the effort to bring back in-person learning to the city. The move comes after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) announced over the weekend that its members have voted to defy the Chicago Public School’s (CPS) reopening plans and continue to work virtually out of their online classrooms. The CPS, which serves over 355,000 students, originally planned to reopen K-8 schools on Feb. 1 for an estimated 71,000 children in those grades who wish to return for in-person instruction. Some 10,000 K-8 teachers and staff members were ordered to return to prepare for the reopening. In a statement announcing the vote results, the CTU said 71 percent of its voting members were in favor of a resolution that rejects the district order. About 86 percent of the union’s 20,000 members participated in the vote. “So what does this mean? It …

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