Teachers Unions

Poll: 90% of Chicago Public School Teachers Would Go Back to Virtual Learning

The union is preparing to strike if its demands are not met.


With the new COVID-19 variants causing a surge in cases across the U.S., public school teachers in Chicago, Illinois, have indicated they will gladly return to remote work, despite how frustrating virtual learning has been for many parents and kids. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is also prepared to order a strike.

The union polled its members on whether they would support going on strike against in-person work when school is slated to resume in January. Some 89 percent agreed to do so. At a virtual meeting on Tuesday, 91 percent of union members were in favor of the "remote-work action."

"If [Chicago Public Schools] doesn't call for a period of remote instruction following winter break, are you prepared to participate in a remote-work action as soon as we can organize a vote?" asked the two polls.

With case counts rising rapidly, it's understandable for teachers to be concerned. Even so, moving back to virtual school would be an unmitigated disaster and a wholesale betrayal of working families, which is why both President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Michael Cardona have maintained that schools should remain open despite the omicron wave. The cost of closing schools is extremely high: Many young people languish in virtual learning environments, and fail to learn much of anything at all. it's clear that Zoom education has contributed to significant learning losses, particularly among minority and low-income kids—they just don't absorb very much information when they have to sit in front of their screens all day (if they show up at all).

Moreover, the burden of watching virtual learners falls on parents, many of whom have professional obligations of their own. Physical schools serve a vital daycare function so that parents can work without arranging for babysitters each and every day. Many working people do not have the resources or flexibility to manage at-home kids: They are still expected to show up to work, pandemic or no pandemic. The same should be true of teachers: K-12 education is funded through tax dollars, and families deserve the full benefits of this compulsory public service.

Last year, CTU fought tooth and nail to keep schools closed as long as possible. Today, given widespread vaccination, the evidence is clear that schools can and should remain open, and that in-person instruction can continue with minimal safety risks. Teachers unions that keep struggling against this urgent need to give kids the educational experience they need and deserve are only undermining their own credibility.

While the new variants of COVID-19 have proven to be incredibly contagious, it remains the case that the vaccines offer incredible defense against severe disease and death. (The omicron variant also appears to cause milder disease in general.) Teachers who get vaccinated enjoy tremendous protection from bad COVID-19 outcomes, and they belong in the classroom alongside their students, who are also protected from COVID-19 due to their youth.

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  1. If progressives stayed up all night trying to think of a better way to make the upcoming midterms a catastrophe for the Democratic party, they could hardly think up anything better than the teachers unions' striking to keep kids out of school. They've even losing suburban women over that one! It's almost like the elections in Virginia and New Jersey never happened.

    The first rule of Progressive club is that the people want what they want.

    The second rule of Progressive club is that when the people don't want what they want, see the first rule.

    1. Yeah, combine this with telling parents they cannot have input on their childrens education, and it's clear the Dems are trying to steal the title of "Party of Stupid" from the GOP.

      1. It's the evil stupid party vs the stupid evil party.

    2. You are saying that in the 2022 midterms, Democrats will be schooled?

      1. They're gonna be taken out behind the woodshed, and they won't be able to sit down for a week.

        It would have been worse if they'd passed BBB. I'd have predicted them losing around 55 seats in the House. Now, I'm still expecting them to lose about 25 seats.

        If the teachers were striking to keep the schools closed in September of 2022, we might see some more big surprises like we did in Virginia and New Jersey. The American people are fed up with this shit.

      2. And possibly taken to task.

    3. "Moreover, the burden of watching virtual learners falls on parents, many of whom have professional obligations of their own. "

      Shouldn't libertarians be *for* the burden of children falling on their parents?

      1. Probably if our tax dollars weren't still paying for in person learning

  2. Poll: 90% of People Would Go Back To Getting Paid To Not Work

    Which reminds me, I need to get into pollstering.

    1. Well, who wouldn’t want to be paid a full salary to literally do nothing. Surprised it’s not 100%

      1. Come on, man. With just a bit of fortification, it could be 110%.

  3. In fifteen years, Chicago will resemble Stalingrad circa 1942 - 43. In other words, Chicago is fucked beyond repair. We need to stop writing about it. Nobody cares.

    1. They're burning the candles at both ends in Chicago. have a sniff if you don't believe it.


    2. Detroit.

    3. I was between corporate gigs (I left a good gig at a very large company to work for a start-up which a month later lost funding and closed-bad call on my end) a while back and substituted for about two months in a ""good" public school system from the K to the 12th grade level. I always thought should I have been a HS history teacher instead of B school. Here are my observations:

      1. Elementary school: Mostly baby-sitting these days. Hard work like reading and math is often sourced out to reading and math resources that come into the class for 20-30 minutes max. I found most elementary school teachers to be women and honestly it was a job they chose because it was an easy major. Most of their time was babysitting especially the kids that should not be in their classroom but have to be "main streamed". They couldn't wait to leave school when the day was over.
      2. Middle School-High School: You teach pretty much the same thing for a few periods a day and then are assigned a study hall or two. The day goes by fast but honestly its pretty boring. Teachers have a few free periods during the day and they sit in the teachers lounge/area and mostly gossip.

      Given this I could see teachers wanting to work virtual in either K-5 or 6-12 grades. Now put in an urban school district with kids who for whatever reason don't want to be there, have attention issues, behavior issues, learning issues and so on..why would anyone want to NOT work virtual and deal with that crap.
      It does ask WHY are we forcing these kids after say 6th grade to stay in a government school? Better to offer then a job at an apprentice wage. For most kids it's hard to make an argument they get essential skills after say 9th grade anyway.

      But by all means Chicago Teachers just phone it in...

      1. But all my teacher friends tell me they work 60 hour weeks?!?!

    4. #WhenYouVoteBlue

  4. Firefighters? EMTs? No. The real heroes are the Chicago public schools teachers.

    1. Hmmm, sounds like that Norm McDonald bit about teachers where he calls them “ the real heroes.”

  5. I feel as if most if the commenters here were saying this shit last year.

    1. That progressive, union hack teachers have no class?

      1. Don’t you see? They finally figured out how to create a classless society!

  6. "With case counts rising rapidly, it's understandable for teachers to be concerned"

    Which "case counts"?
    How many kids of school age are getting sick?
    How many verified kid-to-teacher transmissions can be documented?
    How does that compare to the 'real' flu, and to the common cold?
    Are the teachers going to get virtual pay, or real tax dollars?
    Who is John Galt?

    1. "With case counts rising rapidly..."

      Stop it, Robby. Just stop.

      1. Seriously. Try counts of symptomatic vs. asymptomatic, or positive vs. hospitalizations and deaths.

        1. If they used those numbers, only 75% of Chicago teachers might vote to go remote.

          1. Ha! No, it's not based on the covid numbers.

    2. Robby, you realize this is why you are a meme in the comments section, don't you?

      You just can't help yourself

      1. He doesnt seem to get that he essentially surrenders half the argument when he takes their premise at face value and argues from that, rather than correcting their BS from go. It is one of the most common mistakes people make when arguing with the left.

        Though for him it does seem like he does it to stay in their good graces so he doesn't get shunned as "alt right!" or "peddling misinformation!". Unfortunately he hasnt come to the realization that they will do that anyways, anything less than full compliance has to be stomped out in their view.

        1. And they keep using the fact that they can win half an argument to push the premise further and further out because there's so many equivocators who will say, "Even if that's true..."

          Just attack the shitty premise right from the start. You can't make a rational argument on false premises.

        2. I think you give him too much credit. I suspect it's the only formula he knows for writing such an article

      2. I thought Robbie's Hair was the meme, and he was just along for the ride.

    3. From the picture on the article I really can't believe they are otherwise that lady in the picture could've lost 100lbs over the last 2 years...

  7. the vaccines offer incredible defense

    So true.

  8. Abolish public schools.

    1. Government schools are child abuse.

  9. It's so funny - so easy to understand the lust to mask the kiddies.

    The teachers & admins want the kids to shut the *F* up! I'm surprised they're not mandating gags to go along w/ the masks.

    1. CNN has some leather child ball gags they could use

      1. Wow that can be read a few ways

        1. Pluggo would like to hear more about this.

  10. Government schools are psychological abuse.

  11. Fire them all

  12. Strike. Do it. I dare you.

    1. If the teachers’ union cooked and ate babies, the Chicago government wouldn’t do a thing, and would find some way to spin it as a good thing

    2. When I lived in Chicago during one of the CPS strikes a teacher said they were refusing to work. My only question was with a highschool graduation literacy rate of <40% and the average mat skill that of a third grader, if you don't work how will any one be able to tell the difference?

  13. This is exactly the scenario where returning school governance to the individual school level makes a big difference. Chicago Public Schools have 1 district with 476 elementary schools and 162 high schools. If CTU decided to strike, then probably 300-400 of those schools would immediately fire those teachers and hire teachers who will work in the classroom. There would be a massive flow of students to those schools. And more important, hiring a different group of teachers would also mean a change in curriculum - which would introduce competition among elementary and high schools in that city even when they remain totally public.

  14. And the great thing about virtual learning is that you're not stuck with the mediocre local teachers.

  15. public school teachers in Chicago, Illinois, have indicated they will gladly return to remote work

    And if it's not too much trouble, a quart of chocolate ice cream, another fluffy pillow, and a foot massage wouldn't go unappreciated, either. Hint, hint.

  16. 90% of public school teachers in Chicago deserve to be fired.

    Actually, that might be low.

  17. Fire every one of those worthless assholes. How could it be worse than what it is right now in that dysfunctional free-fire zone?

  18. Poll: Not enough % of Chicago Parents have organized a Homeschooling Pod.

  19. Who the fuck makes checkmarks in that direction?

  20. Dissolve all public sector unions immediately. You have no right no a public union, and you have no right to strike against the taxpayer.

    1. Dissolve, fire, hang.

  21. I wonder if retired teachers are included in that number? One of our local Unions gives their retired members a vote in everything that the working members vote on.

  22. Lazy, gutless cowards.

  23. Just give them more money. That's what they really want. Always more. The public schools exist for the teachers, administrators and their unions. The children are just a cover.

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