Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s battle to return teachers to in-person public schooling is former President Trump’s fault. Why? Because she says so. Don’t ask her for evidence. She doesn’t have any. She just says you have to take her word for it or else you’re a racist bigot who clearly hates children. Obviously.
Students were scheduled to return to in-person learning February 1. However, the Chicago Teachers Union refused to show up, arguing it is not safe until every teacher can be vaccinated. The mayor originally planned to force teachers to return, threatening loss of jobs, but has since relented.
With the anger of parents rising, the mayor needed someone to blame. Who better than former President Trump? He’s been the go-to for four years. Maybe he will work a little longer.
This time, the Chicago Tribune reported, “Lightfoot didn’t invoke the name of the nation’s 45th president but she suggested the ongoing impasse between Chicago Public Schools and CTU, over whether it is safe to return to in-person instruction as early as Thursday, stems from the failed vaccine rollout under former President Donald Trump.”
Is this the same vaccine the internet repeated “fact-checked” as impossible to make available by the end of 2020? Yep. Despite the Trump administration’s unprecedented development and release of the COVID-19 vaccines, it’s apparently his fault every teacher in Chicago hasn’t received a shot.
Never mind President Joe Biden has now been in office a couple of weeks. He’s busy signing off legislation to destroy everything American that Trump worked to accomplished over the past four years. If Biden had been in office in 2020, we’d likely be under the same Draconian lockdown orders as the UK or the recent stay-at-home demands in effect over the holidays in California.
Mayor Lightfoot doesn’t want to admit it, but the reason teachers aren’t returning to Chicago schools is because they know they can get away with it. Her liberal policies have allowed the city to become a new wild west where anything goes. NBC Chicago reported under her leadership, “Chicago police released crime statistics for 2020 that show a steep increase in gun violence, murders and carjackings over the year before.”
Some have even labeled carjacking a Chicago pandemic, leaving residents in fear of traveling. Updater.com noted 2020 marked the first time in four years more people moved out of the city than moved into the city.
So despite over $100 million in safety upgrades to Chicago public schools, students and teachers remain stuck at home in the middle of winter without in-person learning. The prolonged shutdowns are hurting both education and the economy, as many parents must make difficult choices regarding work to stay home with children.
In contrast, many of the city’s private schools have been safely meeting in-person since September. Private schools aren’t blaming Trump or the lack of vaccines.
Private schools are doing their job and educating students. It’s time for Chicago’s public schools to do the same. If they can’t figure something out, maybe it’s time to have a new teacher hiring fair that’s free of the teacher’s union and reboot the system. Might even help to consider new options for a new mayor who doesn’t blame past presidents for her city’s problems.