Chicago Public Schools Shut Down, Received $2.8 Billion in COVID Funding

Exactly what was done with all that federal aid that schools received from the COVID relief money?

That is the question many of us are asking today after hearing the news out of Chicago.

The city received $2.8 billion in funding to ensure schools could open and remain open safely with COVID, yet city public schools were locked for most of the past week.

The Unions

As much as I despise Lori Lightfoot, this one was not on her, but she needs to do something about it.

Or was it?

Lightfoot did not make the decision to close the schools, but the local union is pointing the finger at her for not properly managing the situation during the pandemic.

The decision to close schools was made at the teachers’ union level.

The Chicago union decided that the Omicron surge made it too dangerous for teachers to return to school, so the system was shut down halfway through the week and kids remained home.

All told, the city was slated to receive almost $2.8 billion COVID relief money, so what did they do with it if they cannot keep the schools open?

Reports show that some $56 million was spent on technology, such as laptops and safety equipment.

The schools also paid for educational materials, transportation costs, and student meals.

Unions, however, as saying that enough has not been done to make these schools safe for students and teachers to attend.

One of the union’s complaints was that Mayor Lori Lightfoot had not spent enough of the money allocated to schools.

Chicago Teachers’ Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates stated, “The in-person learning that some of us are getting is still not where it needs to be because the district, the mayor, refuses to put the resources into schools. She spent $100 million.”

Who do you blame for the schools closing?

Do you think Lightfoot is to blame or do you think the unions have too much power here?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Source: Fox Business

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20 Responses

  1. I think she should hire new teachers, and replace them. They don’t want to work, From what I understand this is an illegal walk out. Replace them now, and do not pay them. Stand up lady. go out with dignity, you are going out anyway from the looks of Chicago/

    1. Susan, very good observation. We need more people like Ronald Reagan. Air traffic controllers are a lot more important than teachers. If, as you say, they do not want to work with children, go be a garbage worker.

  2. It is Chicago. I do not give a dang. That city has been run down for a long time. These people are just a symptom. They do not care about their city and continue to put up with Democrats, so to heck with them.

  3. The short answer is both, Teachers Union and Lightfoot. If Teachers refuse to teach, fire them without any Severance pay (Teachers) and have a recall on Lightfoot, if possible, but for sure vote her out of Office.

  4. Home schooling, is far better than our public system… i can tell within seconds if i have just met a home schooled child. they are much more polite, courtious, & brighter than the rest of children getting what we call a public education… home schooling doesn’t take nearly time people think it does.. mostly involves the child to do his own studying…

  5. Was this Chicago school district EVER considered to be up to par? This constant lack of responsibility for the good of students is getting very tired. Hostile nations are thrilled with the idea of us attacking ourselves! It makes it easier for their CRT to infiltrate our nation!

  6. Unions should be banned from any public funded institution or service provider. We the tax payers are forced to pay whatever the union votes for and imposes on us! That is taxation without representation of us, the taxpayers! Yes, teachers pay tax, but they are a small representation of all taxpayers and force their self serving interests upon the large majority of taxpayers.

  7. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
    But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
    Yes! Jesus is coming for us and we will meet Him, along with the dead in Christ, in the air, and we will forever be with the Lord. An archangel, the highest order of the angelic realm, will shout, the trumpet of God will sound, the dead in Christ will rise, and we will be “caught up” together to meet the Lord in the air. This “floating meeting” should excite us. Getting harpazo-ed (raptured) is going to be incredible. What an experience!
    Will we hear the archangel’s shout? Will we hear the trumpet of God? Will we be able to sense all that is happening while it is happening? What is this going to be like?

  8. Do the mayor and the union not communicate? Shouldn’t there be a joint plan constructed? Do they not know how to work together? Apparently not. That means parents use your vote to get rid of the dead wood and hire better politicians. Power to the parents.

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