Teacher’s unions pick up the fight against school reopenings

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State legislators are ready for students to return to schools despite the concerns over increased COVID-19 spread. In response, teacher’s unions are taking up the fight over in-person education this Fall. 

While some schools have turned exclusively to distance learning, others are opening their doors for in-person classes. New safety regulations and guidelines this year spell out a new chapter in the history of education, but teachers and parents nationwide aren’t on the same page. 

Split over how to safely reopen in the Fall

The Saint Paul Federation of Educators (SPFE) and Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT), prominent unions Minnesota teacher’s unions, spearheaded a rally in Twin Cities, Minnesota, last Friday to advocate the continuance of distance learning until proper safety measures are implemented in schools.

The march, which began at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School and ended at Gov. Tim Waltz’s residence, is part of a collaborative effort to bring science and rationality to the forefront of the governor’s decision-making.