Things Are Getting Ugly In Chicago. The City Wants To Open Schools. The Teacher’s Union Refuses To Go Back. Parents Are Threatening Legal Action.

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021 file photo, pre-kindergarten teacher Angela Panush reads a story to her students at Dawes Elementary in Chicago. Chicago Public Schools should allow students back into classrooms in no more than 100 facilities and then gradually reopen others, an organization of school principals proposed Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, saying most of them doubt the nation's third-largest school district can safely handle a mass reopening. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool File)

The battle lines are being drawn in Chicago when it comes to the battle between the city and the Chicago Teacher’s Union, and things are getting ugly.

There’s a standoff over reopening of schools in the nation’s third largest city, and it appears that the union is doing all they can to avoid going back to school, and allowing kids to return to classrooms. Nobody can argue with the fact that the teacher’s union has incredible power, and they are not afraid to use it. Teachers and staff for K-8 were ordered to return to school Monday, with the intent that classrooms would be open again. 

Those plans were crushed when the union voted to continue virtual learning instead of showing up at the schools.

Parents in Chicago are angry, and if teachers continue to stonewall the decisions of the city to get things back to normal, than parent groups would take legal action. “If the district says ‘This is what we expect of our employees’ and the union refuses to do it, that’s a strike and we will sue. The documents are sitting on my laptop. We are ready to pull the trigger on behalf of parents,” said Daniel Surh, a senior attorney with the Chicago-based Liberty Justice Center.

It’s almost unfathomable to think of the levels that the teacher’s union is going to avoid allowing children to return to classrooms. They are unified, and borderline militant in their resistance. ”We want to return to safe, welcoming and thriving schools — and that can’t happen until we put the health and safety precautions of our educators, our students and the larger community ahead of the unreasonable demand to return to school buildings that lack the necessary protocols to keep us safe,” Stacy Davis Gates, CTU’s vice president said in a statement.

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