CPS makes good on promise to cut off pay and access to remote learning platform for teachers who’ve refused to show up for in-person classes

Jan 13, 2021 by

Chicago Public Schools confirmed it’s withheld pay for 145 staff members who didn’t show up Monday.

In the 10 months Chicago schools were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, any semblance of normalcy for students primarily came from one consistent image: their teacher’s face on the computer screen of a Google Classroom.

And while Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union have remained at odds over the reopening plan — under which thousands of educators and students were supposed to have reported to schools Monday as phase one launched — for students in some classrooms, that continuity was disrupted Tuesday.

“Yesterday, I was locked out of my Google Classroom. This means today when my students log in, they will not have me there to teach them,” Linda Perales, a Southwest Side special education teacher at Corkery Elementary, said Tuesday morning. “CPS is causing chaos to our students because they are trying to force us back into unsafe conditions.”

She spoke during an online news conference, which also touched on a COVID-19 case causing concern among staff at McCutcheon Elementary on the North Side, as well as CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates’ assertion that there were “entire school buildings without the students (the district) thought were coming in” Monday.

Source: CPS makes good on promise to cut off pay and access to remote learning platform for teachers who’ve refused to show up for in-person classes – Chicago Tribune

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