A major teachers union is claiming that the re-opening of schools in its district cannot occur without substantial policy provisions in place, including a "moratorium" on charter schools and defunding of police. The United Teachers Los Angeles, a 35,000-strong union, also demands the implementation of a federal Medicare-for-All program, several new state-level taxes on wealthy people, and a "federal bailout" of the school district. The Los Angeles and San Diego school districts announced they will not be reopening for in-person learning this Fall due to fear of the coronavirus. -GEG
A major teachers union is claiming that the re-opening of schools in its district cannot occur without several substantial policy provisions in place, including a "moratorium" on charter schools and the defunding of local police.
United Teachers Los Angeles, a 35,000-strong union in the Los Angeles Unified School District, made those demands in a policy paper it released this week. The organization called on local authorities to "keep school campuses closed when the semester begins on Aug. 18."
The union outlined numerous major provisions it says will be necessary to reopen schools again, including sequestering students in small groups throughout the school day, providing students with masks and other forms of protective equipment, and re-designing school layouts in order to facilitate "social distancing."
Yet the union goes even farther than those requests, calling for "local support" in the form of defunded police departments and the shuttering of charter schools.