Districts slow to follow New York City’s lead on reopening schools

Officials in other districts continue battles with unions over the science and politics of reopening or remain wedded to their own approaches — and teaching remains largely online.
By: | December 9, 2020

New York City and its teachers union think the nation’s largest school district should be the gold standard for how to get kids back in class in the middle of a pandemic.

Other districts are turning to the city for answers, the mayor said, but have yet to open their doors.

“I’m on a thread with about 20 mayors — major cities around the country — we often are comparing notes on different issues,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview. “Most of them have been honest with me that they can’t figure out how to get out of remote, that they didn’t have the pieces ready and they don’t know how to put together in real time all the pieces they need.

“It’s not lack of will but they just find it a huge challenge.”

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