Regional teacher unions want school leaders to draft in-person reopening plan

THE LIST. DR. TIM TOOTEN LIVE IN EAST BALTIMORE WITH THE STORY. REPORTER: JUST OUTSIDE CITY SCHOOL BOARD HEADQUARTERS WHERE — SOME OF THE TEACHERS ARE PREPARING TO DO WHAT THEY CALL A CAR CARAVAN PROTEST. DRIVING AROUND THE PERIMETERS. IT IS TAKING PLACE AROUND THE COUNTRY. >> WHAT I CARE IS WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE CONSISTENCY. REPORTER: A PASSIONATE PLEA FROM EDUCATION AND LABOR UNION LEADERS IN MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THEY ARE CALLING FOR REGIONAL POLITICAL LEADERS TO WORK FROM THE SAME SCRIPT. >> IT IS LONG OVERDUE FOR A REGIONAL PLAN TO ADDRESS THE DATA POINTS IN A COMPREHENSIVE WAY THAT PROTECTS SCHOOL EMPLOYEES THROUGH THE REGION. REPORTER: THE UNIONS REPRESENT CLOSE TO 50,000 TEACHERS, SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS, CAFETERIA WORKERS, AND SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF. >> GOVERNORS AND MAYORS NOT WORKING TOGETHER ON A PLAN IS OUTRAGEOUS. WE HAVE TEACHERS WITH SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS BEING CALLED BACK TO IN PERSON TEACHING WITH NO OPTION AS TO WHAT THEY ARE TO DO WITH THEIR OWN CHILDREN. >> A HOT MUFFIN, COLD MUFFIN, BIG MUFFIN. REPORTER: A SMALL GROUP OF STUDENTS BACK IN THE CLASSROOM, MORE THAN TWO DOZEN BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOLS. IT IS NOT THE CASE FOR THE MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS IN MARYLAND, AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. >> WE WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER NOT TO JUST SAFELY REOPEN SCHOOLS NOW, BUT IT IS THE BEGINNING OF OUR WORK TOGETHER, BECAUSE WHAT AFFECTS ONE EDUCATOR AFFECTS US ALL. >> TO STOP THE SPREAD, WE MUST HAVE A SINGLE, SIMPLE, SAFE PLAN THAT PRIORITIZES THE HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES ABOVE ALL ELSE. REPORTER: A SPOKESMAN FOR GOVERNOR HOGAN SAID “EVERY DISTRICT IN MARYLAND ALREADY HAS PLANS FOR RETURNING TO IN PERSON INSTRUCTION. THE NEXT STEP IS TO VACCINATE TEACHERS AS PART OF PHASE 1B . WE HOPE UNION LEADERS WILL ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO GET VACCINATED.” JUST OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL BOARD HEADQUARTERS IN A PARKING LOT, A CAR CARAVAN AFTER THE RALLY STARTS. THE IDEA IS TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT REOPENING SCHOO

Regional teacher union’s call for DMV leaders to draw up in-person reopening plan

Updated: 7:04 PM EST Jan 12, 2021

There’s a call Tuesday night for a consistent regional in-person school reopening plan, and it’s coming from a number of regional teacher and employee unions.|| Coronavirus updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Where to get tested ||They’re calling it a National Day of Resistance, and Baltimore City has been added to that list.A passionate plea from education and labor union leaders in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. They’re calling for regional political leaders to work from the same script.“It is long overdue for a regional plan to address these data points in a comprehensive way that protects school employees throughout this region,” said Kimberly Adams, president of the Fairfax County Education Association.The unions represent close to 50,000 teachers, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers and school support staff.“And for our governors and mayors not working together on a plan is absolutely outrageous. We have teachers with school-aged living in jurisdictions being called back for in-person teaching with no option as to what must do with their own children,” said Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers Union.A small group of students are back in the classroom in more than two dozen Baltimore City schools, but that’s not the case for the majority of schools in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.“We will be working together not just to safely reopen our schools now, but this is the beginning of our work together because what affects one educator affects us all,” said Theresa Dudley, of Prince George’s County Education Association. “To stop the spread, we must have a single, simple, safe plan that prioritizes the health of our communities above all else,” said Jennifer Martin, vice president of Montgomery County Educators Association.In a statement, a spokesperson for Gov. Larry Hogan said that “Every district in Maryland already has plans for returning to in-person instruction. The next step is to vaccinate teachers as part of Phase 1B. We sincerely hope union leaders will encourage their members to get vaccinated.”A teacher union-backed car caravan is happening Tuesday night outside Baltimore City School Board headquarters.

There’s a call Tuesday night for a consistent regional in-person school reopening plan, and it’s coming from a number of regional teacher and employee unions.

|| Coronavirus updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Where to get tested ||

They’re calling it a National Day of Resistance, and Baltimore City has been added to that list.

A passionate plea from education and labor union leaders in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. They’re calling for regional political leaders to work from the same script.

“It is long overdue for a regional plan to address these data points in a comprehensive way that protects school employees throughout this region,” said Kimberly Adams, president of the Fairfax County Education Association.

The unions represent close to 50,000 teachers, school bus drivers, cafeteria workers and school support staff.

“And for our governors and mayors not working together on a plan is absolutely outrageous. We have teachers with school-aged living in jurisdictions being called back for in-person teaching with no option as to what must do with their own children,” said Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers Union.

A small group of students are back in the classroom in more than two dozen Baltimore City schools, but that’s not the case for the majority of schools in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

“We will be working together not just to safely reopen our schools now, but this is the beginning of our work together because what affects one educator affects us all,” said Theresa Dudley, of Prince George’s County Education Association.

“To stop the spread, we must have a single, simple, safe plan that prioritizes the health of our communities above all else,” said Jennifer Martin, vice president of Montgomery County Educators Association.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Gov. Larry Hogan said that “Every district in Maryland already has plans for returning to in-person instruction. The next step is to vaccinate teachers as part of Phase 1B. We sincerely hope union leaders will encourage their members to get vaccinated.”

A teacher union-backed car caravan is happening Tuesday night outside Baltimore City School Board headquarters.

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