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Chicago Teachers Union Used Parent’s Death To Push for COVID Restrictions. She Actually Died of Alcoholism.




The Chicago Teachers Union gained notoriety during the pandemic for its staunch opposition to reopening schools. The union stalled negotiations with the city for months last year before reaching a reopening agreement. Then members voted in January to move to virtual learning amid the spread of the Omicron variant, forcing the district to cancel classes for five days and prompting Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D.) to accuse the union of "[taking] our children hostage." The union on Tuesday vowed to fight the district's decision to allow students and staff the option not to wear a mask starting next week.

A study published last year by the American Academy of Pediatrics found in-school transmission of COVID to be "extremely rare," with the study's authors concluding that "schools can stay open safely in communities with widespread community transmission."


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