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Chicago students stage walkout, say COVID protocols lacking

Jan. 14, 2022 19:28 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of Chicago students staged a walkout Friday, saying there weren't enough precautions in place to protect them from COVID-19 despite an agreement between the teachers union and school district to return to classrooms. The walkout at schools across the city...

Chicago teachers accept COVID deal, keeping kids in school

Jan. 12, 2022 20:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Students in the nation's third-largest school district returned to classrooms Wednesday after Chicago Public Schools canceled five days of classes amid a standoff with the teachers' union over COVID-19 safety protocols. Their return happened the same day the full...

Democrats try to stamp out school closures as omicron surges

Jan. 12, 2022 15:54 PM EST

When Chicago teachers voted to work remotely last week to protest COVID-19 safety protections in the nation’s third-largest school district, Democratic Party officials leapt into action. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushed for a quick end to the job action and helped secure rapid...

Union, parents mull if Chicago teacher standoff was worth it

Jan. 11, 2022 19:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago schools will expand COVID-19 testing and have standards to switch schools to remote learning under a hard-fought tentative deal approved by teachers' union leaders. But parents and some union members questioned whether the bitter fight over pandemic safety protocols that...

Chicago mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Jan. 11, 2022 16:35 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. The Democrat said she has “cold-like symptoms” but otherwise feels fine. She credited being vaccinated and receiving a booster shot. “I will continue to work...

EXPLAINER: Why are Chicago schools, teachers union fighting?

Jan. 11, 2022 00:09 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago scrapped classes for five days days in a confusing standoff that ended late Monday with the teachers' union over COVID-19 safety measures in the nation's third-largest school district. From remote instruction to testing, both sides have been negotiating...

Chicago union leaders OK plan to resume in-person class

Jan. 10, 2022 23:35 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Students are poised to return to Chicago Public Schools after leaders of the teachers union approved a plan with the nation's third-largest district late Monday over COVID-19 safety protocols, ending a bitter standoff that canceled classes for five days. While...

Chicago fight with teachers union stretches into 2nd week

Jan. 09, 2022 21:52 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago school leaders canceled class a fourth day in the nation’s third-largest district as negotiations with the teachers’ union over remote learning and other COVID-19 safety protocols failed to produce an agreement over the weekend. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and...

Chicago mayor, teachers still at odds over COVID protocols

Jan. 08, 2022 17:26 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Negotiations resumed Saturday to resolve a standoff between Chicago school officials and the city's teachers union over COVID-19 precautions that canceled three days of classes, but the public war-of-words between union leaders and Chicago's mayor showed little sign of easing. ...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Jan. 07, 2022 21:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken; Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.; Zeke Emanuel, vice provost at the...