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The Namaste Board will vote on a timeline to bring back teachers and students for in person learning. The proposal would have all staff return to the school on Feb. 16. Teachers would teach remotely from the school starting on Feb. 22 with remote and in-person learning starting March 15. Namaste union members are meeting today to plan a fightback.

Passages Charter School has said that it wants to open its doors to Pre-K in-person learning. The charter’s goal is to have Pre-K staff return Jan. 14-15 with student attendance beginning Jan. 19. K-8 staff would be required to report Jan. 28-29 with student attendance beginning Feb. 1. The CTU is in negotiations with Passages’ owner Asian Human Services.

Educators at Latino Youth continue their impressive hold out. Despite being ordered to report in person, teachers at Latino Youth have refused to enter the building for 19 weeks. At first, their employer, Pilsen Wellness Center, said they would not be paid. But Union strength quickly forced the boss to reverse course and members continue to be paid as normal for teaching remotely.

Like CTU delegates in district schools, charter school teachers have started to elect their school delegates for the next three-year term. Also, Jan. 14 is the day for nominations for non-teacher delegates in charter schools. All CTU delegates will start a three-year term in February.