Lightfoot says teachers union 'abandoned their posts,' remains 'hopeful' deal can be reached

Lightfoot reiterated their position that the city’s schools are safe and that children must be in the classroom. It argued that the sway was on indignant families who demonstrate “unprecedented levels of parental activism” and found that 70 percent or more of Chicago children are eligible for free or discounted school meals.

“This unlawful absence from work by the teachers’ union has cascading negative effects not only on student learning, their social and emotional well-being, but also on the families themselves,” said Lightfoot. “This gives them a tight financial situation because they have to work, but they also have to take care of their children. This is an untenable situation and absolutely avoidable. So I’ll be on the parents’ side.” fight every day for our children to get back to school. “

The public dispute between Chicago’s mayor and the teachers’ union comes at a time of heightened Covid-19 tensions and evolving CDC guidelines. The Omicron variant caused the largest increase in Covid cases during the pandemic, but the variant appears to cause less severe symptoms in those vaccinated, so some experts have to rethink how we live with the virus.

Lightfoot said the city had responded to the union’s concerns about child testing, telling NBC’s Chuck Todd, “We think we can reach an agreement there.” They noted that the Governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker announced that he Provide 350,000 additional tests for the school district.

“We’ve put together a revised proposal for a metric for each school that really reflects what we’ve been doing all year, Chuck,” said Lightfoot. “We did not stand idly by and let Covid rage through our schools. If it was necessary to close a classroom or a school in order to switch to distance learning, we did that.”

Time is of the essence to resolve this dispute, she said.

“We’re working like Dickens to make sure we get a deal today,” said Lightfoot.

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