Chicago Teachers Union narrowly votes to approve new coronavirus measures allowing in-person learning
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The Chicago Teachers Union narrowly voted Wednesday evening to approve a safety agreement between the union and the district supporting in-person classes.
The agreement came as children returned to classes on Wednesday in the nation’s third-largest school district following five days of canceled classes as a result of a standoff with the teachers union on coronavirus protocols.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot gets a COVID-19 booster vaccine at Michele Clark High School on Nov. 12, 2021 (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat, reacted to the news on Twitter.
„We are pleased we have come to an agreement w/@CTULocal1 that guarantees predictability and stability for the rest of the school year,“ Lightfoot posted. „We all agree we must prioritize the health and well-being of everyone in our school communities including our kids, families and staff. „
Lightfoot had previously labeled the teacher walkout „illegal.“
The Chicago skyline, photographed from outside the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)
„To be clear, what the Chicago Teacher’s Union did was an illegal walk-out,“ Lightfoot said over the weekend. „They abandoned their posts and they abandoned kids and their families.“