Chicago Teachers Union threatens strike over school reopening

by Jordyn Pair · Apr 14th, 2021 4:13 pm

Last Updated Apr 16th, 2021 at 11:07 am

The Chicago Teachers Union is reportedly threatening to strike this week over the city's plan to return to in-person learning.

The Chicago Public School System says schools will reopen for in-person education by April 19. The CTU is pushing back on reopening, saying that, among other issues, the vaccination rate for high school students is not yet high enough to justify in-person learning. The union had originally asked for a week's delay, a request that the CPS turned down.

CTU Chief of Staff Jennifer Johnson said the union is preparing to protest.

"If we still need to walk out, we have to be prepared to refuse," she said.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said that vaccinations are on schedule and that it is safe to reopen the schools.

"After successfully opening elementary schools earlier this year, we are eager to provide our high school students with the same opportunity for in-person learning later this month," CPS said in a message last Friday. "While our discussions with the Chicago Teachers Union are ongoing, we remain fully committed to welcoming back all interested high school students on Monday, April 19."


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