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Chicago Public Schools backs off threat of locking teachers out, big win for teachers union

The union is making it clear that the students are just pawns in their game of negotiations. 

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In the ongoing battle between the teachers union and Chicago public schools, the ones left hurting are the students. 

A little over a week ago, Chicago Public Schools threatened to lock its K-8 teachers out of their remote learning tools if they failed to show up to prepare for the return of in-person learning. 

But, the school system doubled back on the threat in a joint statement issued Monday night by Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson.

Why? To steer clear from a potential strike by the Chicago Teachers Union. 

Both sides are in a feud over how to safely reopen schools. The district previously had planned on resuming in-person classes on Monday; however, the teachers union simply wasn’t interested.

The union previously threatened that its members would strike if they were denied access to programs they have been using to instruct students remotely, Fox News reports. 

“We have reached another important milestone today in our efforts to provide in-person learning for our students in the Chicago Public School system. We have secured an agreement on one other open issue and made substantial progress on a framework that we hope will address the remaining issues,” the statement said. “We are calling for a 48-hour cooling off period that will hopefully lead to a final resolution on all open issues.” 

“As a result of the progress we have made, and as a gesture of good faith, for now, teachers will retain access to their Google Suite,” it added. “Students will remain virtual Tuesday and Wednesday and we will update the CPS school community if there are further developments.” 

In response to the statement, Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said “we are winning.” 

“We are not currently locked out because of your unity, your commitment to your school communities, and your fearless solidarity,” he said. “We are literally working to steer CPS to a more responsible path ro reopen schools safely, and we are winning,” he added. “We want to keep working remotely as we bargain an agreement to return to our classrooms safely.” 

The union is making it clear that the students are just pawns in their game of negotiations. 

Indeed, the coronavirus lockdowns are hitting K-12 students particularly hard. Not only are they being robbed of an in-person education, they are missing out on critical emotional development and social interaction. A CDC study found that across the country between April and October of 2020, the percentage of emergency room mental health visits increased by 24 percent for those between the ages of five and 11, and 31 percent for those between the ages of 12 and 17, Business Insider reports. 

Leo Terrell blasted the union in a series of Tweets: 

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BLM DC Makes Vile Comment about Officers Called ‘Heroes’ When Shot in the Line of Duty

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A suspect is still at large after opening fire on police officers in Northwest D.C. Sunday night. One officer was shot, and fortunately suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital after being treated.

Black Lives Matter took the opportunity to make vicious remarks about cops who are targeted. The D.C. Police Department gave a press conference detailing the situation that had occurred and applauded the police department for “courageously” chasing the suspect before he was able to evade police.

The Police Chief asked for citizens to avoid the area where the suspect was last seen and encouraged the public to reach out to their department with any information that could be helpful to the case.

Black Lives Matter took the opportunity to promote its #StopMPD campaign and warn against “copaganda.” Black Lives Matter DC’s official Twitter account posted:

“This is the point we’ve been making for months, Look at the reaction and coverage tonight. Tearjerker press conferences and proclamations of heroes coming soon. Imagine if people knew these folks’ names. Being Black in DC is more dangerous than any job.”

In a follow-up tweet, the account stated “This isn’t to say these scenarios represent what happened tonight, but it does explain our skepticism, interest in details, and highlights the difference in how people talk and act when an officer is hurt vs when they hurt a Black person. No one asks what the cop did wrong.”

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Another Victim Thrown on NYC Subway Tracks, 62-Year-Old Man Suffered Lacerated Leg

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Just over a week ago, 40-year-old Asian American Michelle Alyssa Go was pushed to her death in front of a train on the subway tracks of New York City’s Times Square. Another individual was shoved onto the tracks on Sunday.

New York Police Department said both attacks were unprovoked and called upon leadership officials to do more to protect the city’s citizens. Sunday’s victim was a 62-year-old man whose name has not been publicly released.

He was pushed onto the tracks in Lower Manhattan’s southbound train at the Fulton Street subway station. He sustained a leg laceration and police said there have not yet been any arrests in connection with the incident.

Go’s attacker was identified as Martial Simon, a 61-year-old homeless man with a history of violence and mental health issues. He was charged with second-degree murder. The New York Times reported that shortly before Go’s death, another woman saw him acting suspiciously and later told police she was afraid he was going to push her onto the tracks.

Subway attacks are the latest increase of issues that face Democrat New York Mayor Eric Adams. Adams has pledged to fight crime but has already implemented plans to minimize punishments for criminals in an effort to keep young men, particularly of color, out of prison.

Despite overall subway riding being down since the pandemic, the subway system has seen an increase in assaults last year. “According to the NYPD, 461 felony assaults were reported on the subway system in 2021, of which 30 involved a person being pushed onto the subway tracks. That’s an increase from the year before when there were 26 reported subway-pushing incidents” reports The Washington Post.

New York’s liberal leadership have been vocal supporters of the defund the police movement and saw the city turn to the wild west with protestors taking over the city during the Black Lives Matter movement shortly after George Floyd’s death. Rising crime and gun violence have plagued the city.

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