Chicago Parents Say Remote Learning Isn’t Working, Want Their Voices Heard

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Reprinted from The Washington Post by Dawn Reiss on January 30, 2021.

As the Chicago teachers union and the school district continue to argue over reopening terms for in-person instruction, parents have organized to express frustration with the standoff and make their voices heard.

“Parents feel left out,” said Kate Jablonski, a mother of twins who are in kindergarten at New Field Primary School. “Nobody asked parents what was working and what wasn’t working.”

More than 500 parents have joined a grass-roots organization called the Chicago Parents Collective, which is asking the district to reopen schools and hosting a rally on Sunday in Humboldt Park. Schools have been closed for months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Another parent-led coalition, CPS Sick-Out, is asking Chicagoans to call their children in sick on Monday, when the city says it will open for preschoolers through eighth-graders and special-education students. …

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