Chicago Teachers Union Votes to Walk Off the Job and “Teach” Remotely


by Ace

The kids.

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The New Laptop Class.

CHICAGO–The Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest system in the continental U.S., cancelled classes on Jan. 5 after an overwhelming majority of its 28,000 teachers and staff voted for distance learning, not in-person classes, in the latest effort to beat the coronavirus pandemic.

Objective journalism. But then, this is The People’s World. I think it’s a socialist newsrag.

In other words: Same as the rest of the media.

The workers, Chicago Teachers Union/AFT Local 1 members, voted 73%-27% in a four-hour electronic vote on the evening of Jan. 4 for distance learning.

But maybe there’s a plot twist?

CPS CEO Pedro Martinez then carried out his threat to close the schools, virtually locking the workers out, even barring teaching by Zoom.

Indeed, the Teachers Union whines that they’re being locked out of their virtual “classrooms.”

@CTULocal1Mayor Lightfoot has started locking Chicago public school teachers and staff out of their Google Classrooms. #LoriLockout

We’ll see if Groot carries out this threat: Either come into work, or you don’t get paid.

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A friend points out that Groot is up for reelection next year and very unpopular, even in super-leftwing, Obama-mad Chicago.
Via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit, even Obama’s Astroturf King David Axelrod is telling teachers unions: Enough.
That Times article is here, and it’s not even behind the paywall.

They want people to read it.
After recapitulating the data on how kids are being harmed by school closings — intellectual retardation, behavioral regression, psychological problems including increased behavioral issues, depression, and suicide — David Leonhardt writes:

For the past two years, large parts of American society have decided harming children was an unavoidable side effect of Covid-19. And that was probably true in the spring of 2020, when nearly all of society shut down to slow the spread of a deadly and mysterious virus.
But the approach has been less defensible for the past year and a half, as we have learned more about both Covid and the extent of children’s suffering from pandemic restrictions.
Data now suggest that many changes to school routines are of questionable value in controlling the virus’s spread. Some researchers are skeptical that school closures reduce Covid cases in most instances. Other interventions, like forcing students to sit apart from their friends at lunch, may also have little benefit.

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I’ll bet those parents that risked their child’s health and life to dutifully get the vaccine are really thrilled that the union, being given everything they want, has decided they don’t want to go to work… again.