CHICAGO (CBS) — Word of the death of former Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis comes as the CTU prepares to vote on a tentative agreement to return to in-classroom learning.
But more work needs to do before it’s a done deal.
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CTU delegates still have to vote on the pact. That’s expected to happen Monday night or Tuesday. If the union votes no, it could trigger a lockout and a strike. If teachers vote to accept the deal, there will be a staggered return to in-person learning.
Pre-K and cluster students will go back to classrooms this Thursday. Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers would report to schools February 22. Students are back on March 1. Finally, sixth through eighth grade students would return on March 8.
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“We need to give parents options and that’s exactly what this tentative agreement does,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfooot.
The tentative deal establishes guidelines for a return to all-remote learning if COVID rates spike.
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It also gives vaccination priority to high-risk teachers and those who teach in neighborhoods hardest hit by the pandemic.