Chicago teachers follow up a historic 2019 strike with a 2020 ultimatum: schools won’t open in person.

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  • On Monday, teachers in Chicago were among those who marched in a national day of action to protest plans to reopen schools in person this fall.
  • On Wednesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot reversed the city’s plan to reopen partially in person, saying the first in-person classes in Chicago would happen after Election Day at the earliest.
  • Chicago has been a common political punching bag for President Donald Trump, who has insisted throughout the summer that schools should reopen, even as coronavirus cases have spiked.
  • The Chicago Teachers Union has sparred with the city for much of the past decade — and has won numerous concessions, including shortly after Lightfoot took office in 2019.
  • Business Insider spoke with 10 teachers, including union organizers and people who attended Monday’s rally, about the union’s role in the city’s decision to keep schools remote this fall.



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