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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.