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Potential Chicago school lock out could trigger teachers union strike

Chicago Public Schools is requiring teachers to report to their classrooms starting Monday following weeks of contentious negotiations between the school district and the city’s teachers union about reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In an effort to reach an agreement with the union, Chicago Public Schools proposed a staggered timeline for teachers and students to return for in-person learning starting Tuesday with pre-K and special education students and ending on March 1 with the return of sixth to eighth-grade students.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools officials have said that teachers included in the first group who haven’t

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Disability Rights Groups Send Letter Opposing Biden’s Potential Education Secretary Pick

The potential nomination of Lily Eskelsen García for the top job at the U.S. Education Department is receiving pushback from disability rights groups.

A coalition of organizations that represent students with disabilities, their families and educators penned a letter to President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team on Thursday expressing “serious concern” about Eskelsen García.

The group wrote that during her time as president of the National Education Association (NEA), Eskelsen García “oversaw the development of many positions that stood in direct opposition to those taken by parents and parent advocacy organizations in support of children with disabilities.”

Those positions, the letter

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Potential Biden education secretary pick was a vocal critic of Obama-era policies

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, the former National Education Association president and top candidate for the role of education secretary in President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet, was a vocal critic of education policies adopted under the Obama administration.

Eskelsen Garcia, who retired from the NEA’s top role, has pushed for lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle to support her candidacy. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsed Eskelsen Garcia for the role in a letter to Biden, arguing that she is well-equipped to pursue the president-elect’s goal of combating racial disparities in education.

The prospective candidate was critical of the Obama administration’s approach

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