Members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted Sunday to defy the order of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to return to in-person instruction as the school district continues with its reopening plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. CTU announced that “in an unprecedented remote electronic vote, 71 percent” of its members voted to continue remote instruction on Monday. “With this vote, rank-and-file educators will continue teaching remotely, and safely, as they have been doing for months,” CTU stated.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, city officials said recently they would consider a refusal to return to in-person instruction as a strike. Given the vote results to defy the order, however, they indicated they will delay the start of in-school learning until Wednesday “to ensure we have the time needed to resolve our discussions without risking disruption to student learning.” The union, however, said it made no such agreement with CPS. Read more…