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Chicago Teachers Union votes 73% to begin remote teaching starting tomorrow (Original Post) greenjar_01 Jan 2022 OP
... Nevilledog Jan 2022 #1
Oh, it's quite the showdown greenjar_01 Jan 2022 #2
good for her! Celerity Jan 2022 #11
As a former teacher, I would not teach in this climate at this time. aeromanKC Jan 2022 #3
Good for you greenjar_01 Jan 2022 #4
Accompanying news story greenjar_01 Jan 2022 #5
Our county positivity rate is above 30% - Ms. Toad Jan 2022 #7
This is the third straight year of total disruption of the schools in Chicago. former9thward Jan 2022 #6
And- they are doing the right thing. It sucks- but, there it is. Thtwudbeme Jan 2022 #8
I think the teacher's union Dorian Gray Jan 2022 #9
Ayup greenjar_01 Jan 2022 #12
They will definitely use it against Pritzker later this year. Ace Rothstein Jan 2022 #13
I think you're right Dorian Gray Jan 2022 #14
This message was self-deleted by its author Celerity Jan 2022 #10


(51,064 posts)
1. ...
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:10 AM
Jan 2022

Tweet text:
Gregory Pratt
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said teachers who do not come into work tomorrow will be put on no pay status.
7:27 PM · Jan 4, 2022


(6,477 posts)
2. Oh, it's quite the showdown
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:13 AM
Jan 2022

Needless to say, there is zero capacity to go remote tomorrow, and no appetite (among parents) for any extended remote instruction plan. CTU is operating on the far margins of what parents will put up with at this point, and I supported them through two recent strikes.


(3,322 posts)
3. As a former teacher, I would not teach in this climate at this time.
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:21 AM
Jan 2022

The environment is not safe. Get out. Wait out the pandemic in another capacity (it's a workers market right now!!) and if that works out great. If not come back to teaching in a few years after Covid has been mitigated.



(6,477 posts)
5. Accompanying news story
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:24 AM
Jan 2022

CHICAGO — Classes are canceled at Chicago Public Schools Wednesday after teachers voted to stop in-person instruction amid the city’s COVID-19 surge.

It’s unclear when classes will resume, remotely or in-person. Chicago Teachers Union members voted to refuse to work in-person until Jan. 18 or until the city’s positivity rate falls below 10 percent, a metric CPS set last year for shutting down schools, according to a source and the Sun-Times. Chicago’s positivity rate is at 23.6 percent, up from 13.6 percent the week prior as of Tuesday. Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said she does not expect rates to drop until at least mid-January.

The move to refuse to work in-person at schools was approved by 73 percent of voting teachers union members Tuesday night. Union officials did not provide a timeline when they announced the vote tally, saying instead the action would be in place until COVID-19 cases drop or they come to a reopening agreement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Ms. Toad

(34,059 posts)
7. Our county positivity rate is above 30% -
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 04:22 AM
Jan 2022

and pop-up testing sites were above 50% last week.

And I'm teaching in person (6 hours last Sunday, 3 hours yesterday, 3 hours today, and 12 hours next weekend).

I'd comment on what babies they are (in comparison to what I'm doing) - but I agree that in person teaching is very risky at this point, and probably would have voted not to teach in person. My university has, informally, told me that any class with more than 1/3 of the students absent will switch to remote.

Fortunately, I guess, I'm retiring in April so next weekend will be the last class I teach. (I am doing non-teaching duties until the end of March). So I won't have to wrestle with whether to teach or not.


(31,970 posts)
6. This is the third straight year of total disruption of the schools in Chicago.
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 01:29 AM
Jan 2022

Starting in the Fall of 2019 there was a long strike. Then Covid shut down the schools for the next year and half. Now this. Students can't survive educationally in that environment.



(7,737 posts)
8. And- they are doing the right thing. It sucks- but, there it is.
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 05:30 AM
Jan 2022

Atlanta is going remote this month.

Other districts are going to start falling fast this week.

Dorian Gray

(13,490 posts)
9. I think the teacher's union
Wed Jan 5, 2022, 07:22 AM
Jan 2022

will not be met with open arms here.

Parents are tired of disruption in their kids' lives.

I support large districts allowing individual schools to make independent decisions and shut down/go remote if there are staffing issues. It's going to happen and education will be disrupted.

I think shutting down the whole system this way will anger a lot of people.

Dorian Gray

(13,490 posts)
14. I think you're right
Thu Jan 6, 2022, 07:05 AM
Jan 2022

I'm of two minds about this because I know how hard this is for teachers. I'm in education. Lots of friends are teachers in NYC/New England.

Schools and municipalities should be doing the most they can to make sure that schools are a safe place for students and teachers. I don't know Chicago well enough to know whether they've done the bare minimum. I suspect not, as the teachers seem genuinely afraid, and I have compassion for that.

But I also think that teachers have access to vaccines, with a booster Omicron isn't as scary as previous versions of Covid, we have access to masks and we KNOW what mitigates this thing. If Chicago schools haven't had updates to their ventilation, that's the government's issue. Every student and teacher should be provided with a great mask to wear. Education should be the number one priority of the government right now. Making it safe for students and educators alike. And unions should be fighting for that.

In NYC we are not testing enough. I have friends who work at inner city public schools here, and it's a shit show there. They are exhausted and they've only been back three days since the holidays so far. The city isn't doing enough, and what they are doing is disorganized. I believe her school's principal should be able to independently go virtual for a week or two to sort out the mess, without the whole system resorting to that. (We need to allow individual schools to act right now due to their circumstances.)

Chicago, like I said, is a different story than NYC for many reasons. We are imperfect, but our union is NOT fighting being back in person. And our case count is insane. I think in Chicago, the unions may lose the sympathy of the parents. They aren't driving the story...

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