The Chicago ed beat: Why do politicians fight back when teachers want to feel safe?

CJR · The Chicago ed beat: Why do politicians fight back when teachers want to feel safe?

Education reporters cover one of the most emotional facets of the covid-19 pandemic. The political obsession with keeping public schools open during the latest surge does not match the desires of parents. In fact, a recent poll shows that the less income a child’s household has, the more caution the parents express about in-person schooling. 

On this week’s Kicker, Tracy Swartz, who covers Chicago Public Schools for the Chicago Tribune, and Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, discuss how so many districts failed to adopt better safety measures and a plan for temporary remote learning this winter.

SHOW NOTES

Teachers union approves COVID-19 safety deal to end standoff with Chicago Public Schools; dispute-fatigued parents hope new safety measures hold as buildings reopen, Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune

A New York City principal sick with COVID-19 for the second time, and the story the press is missing, Amanda Darrach, CJR

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CPS extends deadline for at-home COVID-19 tests after drop boxes overflow with kits; CTU criticizes screening ‘chaos,’ Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune

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Amanda Darrach is a contributor to CJR and a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews School of International Relations. Follow her on Twitter @thedarrach.