Chicago Teachers Union President Blames Mayor as Schools Remain Closed for Fourth Day

Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks during a science initiative event at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Ill., July 23, 2020. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)

The president of the Chicago Teachers Union blasted Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday as being “relentlessly stupid” and holding up negotiations between teachers and Chicago Public Schools as students missed a fourth day of classes because of a dispute over Covid-19 safety measures.

Schools in the district closed for a fourth day on Monday after the Chicago Teachers Union voted last week to strike against in-person schooling and conduct remote instruction until extra Covid-19 safety measures are in place, including a requirement that all students present a negative Covid test before returning to in-person learning. The district has chosen to repeatedly cancel class, reportedly locking teachers out of online learning platforms instead of giving in to the union’s demands for remote learning. The district has accused the union of performing an illegal work stoppage.

“We feel like we’re at a point where we don’t have enough at the table to be able to go back to the people who, frankly, have sacrificed a lot at this point, and confidently say, ‘This is

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