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Chicago teachers accept COVID deal, keeping kids in school


CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Teachers Union has backed an agreement dictating COVID-19 safety protocols in the nation’s third-largest school district.

Wednesday’s vote will keep kids in classrooms after five days of cancelled classes due to a standoff with the city over remote learning and virus testing.

The union’s full membership vote followed tentative approval on Monday by union leadership.

Union officials urged teachers to back it despite frustration that the district wouldn’t grant demands for widespread coronavirus testing or commit to districtwide remote learning during surges.

The agreement will expand COVID-19 testing and create standards to switch schools to remote learning.

The Associated Press


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