by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A Chicago Teachers Union leader is under fire for pushing for Chicago public schools to remain remote because of coronavirus risks while vacationing in the Caribbean.
Chicago Teachers Union area vice president Sarah Chambers opposes requiring teachers to return to the classroom and posted a photo that appears to show her poolside in Puerto Rico, WGN-TV reported. Chambers has since deleted her Instagram account, according to the station.
“Hearing of an educator revolution happening,” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “Tons of members are emailing their admin: I’ll be asserting my right to continue to work in a safe remote environment on January 4th, 2021. I have signed the pledge, along with over 8,000+ union educators to continue to work remotely[.]”
Chambers, a special education teacher and a member of the Chicago Teachers Union executive board, appeared to address criticism over her travel on her Twitter account.
“I got 4 covid tests (2 rapid, 2 PCR) b4 coming here [and] wore 2 masks (N95),” Chambers wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
“Scientists said airplanes are safer than grocery stores [because] airplanes have ICU level filtration [and] everyone wears masks. My doc said it’s extremely unlikely for me to get Covid again since I had it so badly,” she continued.
It was not immediately clear when Chambers first contracted the virus, but she has chronicled her experience on her blog. She said she had to go to the emergency room three times starting in April after catching the virus.
Chicago Public Schools plans for students to return to the classroom on Jan. 11 or later. Meanwhile, the Chicago Teachers Union has raised the possibility of a strike, WGN-TV reported.
One wonders whether Chambers hung out by the pool with any leaders of NCAE.