NY Times: Schools Were Set to Reopen. Then the Teachers’ Union Stepped In.


Students didn’t return to elementary schools in Montclair, N.J., as planned after a tense week of debate and a boycott of prep sessions by some educators.
After several false starts over the last two months, public schools in Montclair, N.J., an affluent New York City suburb, were finally set to reopen Monday for the first time since the pandemic shut them down in March.

Students, sorted into two groups, the Mounties and the Bulldogs, would attend school in person two days a week and log in remotely the other three — a hybrid model of instruction that has enabled a majority of districts in New Jersey and the country’s largest public school system, New York City, to reopen.

Then the township’s powerful teachers’ union stepped in, and the plan was abruptly scrapped.

Full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/25/nyregion/montclair-schools-covid.html

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