The Los Angeles teachers union is demanding that its teachers be given free child care for their own children before being forced to return to in-classroom instruction, according to a Monday report from Politico.
California currently lags behind most other states in offering students a return to classrooms following a decision to make instruction remote during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to EdSource, with “much of the state” remaining in distance learning, “even as the majority of the country’s schools have started welcoming students back to campus in some capacity.”
“California is among states with the highest percentage of schools that are not yet offering fully in-person instruction, according to the department of education data, which was collected Feb. 22 through March 12 of this year. About 82% of elementary schools are not open for fully in-person instruction in California, topped only by Washington (91%), Oregon (92%), and Maryland (92%),” EdSource notes.
California teachers unions are largely to blame for the delay, with