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Chicago ‘radical’ students plan school walkout, demand COVID ‘allowances’ and two weeks of distance learning


A group of Chicago public school high school students (CPS) plans a walkout on Friday, demanding that Chicago public schools give coronavirus “relief allowances” to students and switch to a distance learning format for two weeks.

The “district-wide” walkout was announced Tuesday in a Tweeter by the “Chi-RADS”, declaring that “we demand that our voices are not only listened to or heard, but that the voice of our concerns be implemented within the structures”.

The organization describes himself as “an organization of allied and radical CPS high school students from all corners of the city to organize themselves to create an education system that serves us best.”

On Monday, the group posted its list of 39 requests to Twitter, saying the CPS “neglects” to meet “inferior conditions.”

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A sign is displayed on the front of Chicago Public School Headquarters on January 5, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)
(Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Students require all classes to move to a distance format for two weeks while individual schools work on a plan to involve parents, students, parents, teachers, and administrators in their decision-making on school policies. coronavirus. Once the plan is finalized, the students ask that it be submitted to the school body for a vote.

According to the tweet, the group demands that the CPS provide funding to students outside of school and “not directly related to stopping the spread of Covid,” adding that students receive education from “inequitable structures and oppressive systems “.

In this set of demands, the group says the CPS should “fully” fund public transport for students, “top up EBT cards” and provide “Covid relief allowances” to students.

Chicago ‘radical’ students plan school walkout, demand COVID ‘allowances’ and two weeks of distance learning

Students at Mt. Greenwood Elementary School in Chicago depart after a full day of classes on Monday, January 10, 2022. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)
(AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

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The students also demanded that the CPS provide them with a personal laptop and high-speed Wi-Fi access, adding that the laptops have “at least 4 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, and at least 8 hours of storage. autonomy”.

In addition, the group demands that CPS increase the “remote workforce” for staff members and “students who are not required to be in the building.” The student group is also asking that CPC staff have more time to prepare for the students’ return to school.

Among the requests is also a proposal for a compulsory vaccine for anyone participating in extracurricular activities, such as sports.

Chicago ‘radical’ students plan school walkout, demand COVID ‘allowances’ and two weeks of distance learning

FILE PHOTO: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a science initiative event at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. July 23, 2020. REUTERS / Kamil Krzaczynski / File Photo

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The demands made by the student group come after CPA reached an agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union on a resumption of in-person learning.

“After a productive day at the bargaining table, I am happy to report that CTU will end its work stoppage,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted Sunday evening. “CPS [Chicago Public Schools] put an excellent proposal on the table which both negotiating teams discussed in detail today. “

Fox News’s Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report




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