Chicago mayor agrees to several-day extension of remote learning following strike threat

by Laura Mize · Feb 2nd, 2021 11:22 am

Last Updated Feb 3rd, 2021 at 9:31 pm

After saying she would shut down remote access for teachers who did not return to work, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced instead that remote learning will continue until Thursday in the hopes that a final agreement between the city and its teachers union is near.

Lightfoot and school district chief Janice Jackson released a joint statement to the Chicago Sun-Times that the parties had "secured agreement on one other open issue and made substantial progress on a framework that we hope will address the remaining issues."

On Monday, the city's teachers threatened to strike. The union is demanding teachers be a priority group for the COVID-19 vaccine, a larger budget for personal protective equipment, and fewer police officers and more counselors in schools. To date, spending on protective equipment and measures has exceeded $100 million.

Lightfoot emphasizes that the city and district have ensured schools are safe places by doing "... All the things that you would expect that the CDC guidance has told us that we know makes sense to mitigate any issues in schools."


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