Despite assurances from medical officials that it is safe to do reopen the area's schools, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is fighting efforts to do so.
Chicago teachers began voting Thursday to defy orders to report for in-person class next week ahead of elementary students' return, actions the nation's third-largest school district said could lead to “an illegal strike.”
The schools started a phased reopening last week, but at the urging of the union, about half of the CTU members did not show up for work. Marie Fischer of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network believes it is an attempt by unelected union officials to determine school policy.
"The unions, I think, are getting too much control of our school system, and especially union officials who are unelected by anybody," she submits. "At least … school boards are elected by the people in most places."
Fischer believes Chicago students should go back to school, despite the ongoing pandemic.
"Chicago is not one of the best areas of the country, so for a lot of kids, school is the safest place emotionally and mentally," notes Fischer.
According to Breitbart, 17 Chicago physicians have signed a letter calling the reopening of schools is both "essential and safe."