Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on What She Learned From Battling the Teachers’ Union
I am not speculating about what his motivations are, but I do not believe it is correct. I mean, if you look at their spending, there is a clear indication of what their big ambitions are.
I think, ultimately, they want to not only handle Chicago public schools, but also run the city’s government. He will play himself over time. I don’t really spend time, and certainly not in the middle of an epidemic, worrying about politics. But politics always intrudes.
I have noticed that some large cities with mayor control of schools are open or moving towards a concrete reopening plan. And some big cities with school boards, such as Los Angeles or San Francisco or Seattle, seem stuck. last, You supported bringing back a chosen school board. Where will you stand on it now?
We never open without the control of the Mayor. This is quite clear. the fact that La And San francisco Had to sue to force renegotiation? Look, what’s easy, the path of least resistance, political campaigns, nothing will have to be done and just let the unions determine what the state of the game will be in education. He is never going to walk the path I have ever taken.
For a lot of families, it would be disappointing that the deal only paved the way for part-time school. And also that high-school students have not yet been scheduled to return to classes.
I am focused on reopening high schools. High schools are more complex, as you can imagine. In primary schools, students can remain stationary in the pod and teachers may move. This is more challenging to do in a high school setting. But I think high schools have been open since September in the country’s largest private school as well as other private schools. There is much that we can learn from their experience.
I would like to see, in particular, seniors able to get back together this year, so they have some experience of a normal senior year.