Chicago Schools Close After Teachers Refuse To Work

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Chicago Public Schools classes are canceled Wednesday as the Chicago Teachers Union voted to refuse in-person work, defying district plans because of post-holidays COVID-19 concerns.

The cancellation came despite a last-minute proposal from city leaders that introduced improved testing and safety measures but wasn’t enough to avoid upending in-person schooling for about 290,000 students at non-charter schools exactly 12 months after another CPS-CTU fight over pandemic safety measures left families in limbo for weeks.

In an emailed update to members, the union said the vote would call for no in-person work until Jan. 18 or until the city’s COVID-19 wave falls below the threshold CPS set last year to trigger school closures, whichever comes first.

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