Jackson Potter recently asked students in his Global Politics classes to respond to a new Freedom House study that found just one in five people now live in countries designated as “free.” The context of the students’ responses were firmly embedded in their concerns around Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is unfolding before their eyes on television and social media.
How should CPS spend the extra $2.3 billion the district is receiving in pandemic relief funds from the federal government? To answer that question, a group of CTU members across the district is asking their students.
CPS has refused to bargain with the CTU over remote learning or return to in-person school, but educators in Los Angeles have been properly engaged by their school management. Maybe it’s because Los Angeles has an elected school board. Or, maybe, officials there realize you cannot run a school system without the workers.
We are all fed up with cabin fever caused by quarantine, the disappointing inadequacies of remote learning, and growing economic insecurity. But we must keep fighting to ensure a true recovery for the many, not the few.