Congressman García wrote the president and the secretary of education to request federal guidance and funding to help solve the challenges facing Chicago Public Schools and school districts nationwide in this pandemic. He spoke specifically of the deficiencies in the CPS reopening plans with ten criteria that echo the concerns CTU has raised about the plan for months.
Chicago area state representatives and state senators echo the sentiments of the majority of the city council in their letter. They express their support for the aims that the Chicago Teachers Union. In particular, they raise the issues of accommodations for educators with vulnerable family, vaccinations and phased-in return to in-person school.