The pandemic has set off a power struggle about teachers’ right to free speech
In the wake of the intense battle between over restarting in-person learning, Chicago Public Schools is pursuing disciplinary action against teachers who they say crossed the line when communicating to parents about their concerns.
This is prompting a heated debate about when it’s appropriate for a school district to intervene in the relationship between teachers and parents and what precedent punishment sets.
The Chicago Teachers Union, many staff and some parents worry this could deter teachers from alerting the public to potential problems. That, they say, could be especially problematic during the pandemic.
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