“We applaud Governor Pritzker‘s bold and
compassionate leadership during these difficult times. Closing
school buildings for the rest of the year is the right thing to do.
As we have seen, no one is immune to COVID-19 and this will ensure
the safety of our teachers, staff, students, and community.
"Under these difficult circumstances and with limited resources,
educators have been doing what they love – teaching and engaging our
children remotely while adjusting to the new normal. As this
pandemic has made abundantly clear, there are vast economic,
educational and healthcare disparities existing in our poorest
communities, especially in our Black and Brown communities. Many of
our students lack laptops and internet access, which prevents them
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This is compounded with economic insecurity. As
educators and unionists, we remain committed to working with our
members, elected officials, and policy advocates to address these
inequalities and level the playing field for our working and
lower-income students and families.
"Local unions and members of the Illinois Federation of Teachers
will support students and their families in every way possible
during this time.”
[ Illinois Federation of Teachers]