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Chicago teachers punished as classroom no-shows protest

Chicago teachers punished as classroom no-shows protest

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers punished for refusing to show up for the start of in-person classes over COVID-19 concerns have demonstrated outside the home of the school board president.

Roughly 150 school employees have been docked pay and locked out of Chicago Public Schools systems, meaning they can’t teach remotely either as classes began this week for thousands of pre-kindergarten and special education students.

The Chicago Teachers Union has objected to reopening plans saying the district hasn’t done enough to ensure teacher and student safety.

Thousands of pre-kindergarten and special education students were given the option to come back to class this week.