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Chicago public schools cancel classes again in COVID-19 teacher walkout

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By Steve Gorman (Reuters) – Chicago Public Schools, the third-largest U.S. education district, canceled classes for a second day on Thursday amid a walkout by teachers demanding tougher COVID-19 protection measures, although city officials insisted schools are safe. The stalemate, idling some 340,000 students, came after the teachers’ union voted to reinstate virtual instruction and pushed for more rigorous safety protocols, including wider testing, citing the rapid spread of the highly infectious Omicron variant in recent weeks. The Chicago Teachers Union urged its 27,000 members to stay out …

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