School closures make the case for school choice

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Public schools have historically played a reliable, vital role in American communities. That’s why, for many decades, Americans say they like and trust teachers and more than three-quarters give their own kids’ schools an “A” or a “B.”

Well, the way public school leaders and teachers have responded to the pandemic has seemed designed to shatter that trust. In Chicago, teachers who earn more than $78,000 for a 10-month year refused to show up for work, forcing students to stay home from school for several days. All this in a school district that requires universal masking and social distancing, is supplying 200,000 KN95 masks for staff use, offers in-school COVID testing at every campus, has spent $141 million on mechanical system upgrades, and where 91 percent of teachers are vaccinated.

CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION BLOCKS TRAFFIC AROUND CITY HALL

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey speaks ahead of a car caravan where teachers and supporters gathered to demand a safe and equitable return to in-person learning on Dec. 12, 2020. (Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It’s not just Chicago. In the past week, school leaders have also shuttered schools in places like Atlanta, Detroit,

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