Unions may complicate Biden’s school plans (subscription)

By: | January 26, 2021

Teachers unions are flexing their muscles nationwide. This weekend in Montclair, N.J., an affluent suburb of New York City, the union also delayed a planned reopening of schools. And in Bellevue, Wash., district officials sought an injunction against the union after teachers, concerned about safety, refused to participate in in-person instruction.

These actions may complicate President Biden’s plan to reopen schools in his first 100 days in office. He has vowed to throw the strength of the federal government behind an effort to “reopen school doors as quickly as possible.” But our colleague Dana Goldstein reports that the return to normality may be anything but speedy.

Teachers and unions are leery, and administrators have begun to say what was previously unthinkable: that schools may not operate normally for the 2021-22 school year. Labor leaders are seeking to tamp down Biden’s expectations, and seek measures that would address teachers’ anxiety about in-person school.

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