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Some Detroit teachers oppose reopening plan

Sep 1, 2020

“There are certain teachers who are messaging us, letting us know, that actually they are being pressured to go into school and feel they need to go into school," says art teacher Yexenia Vanegas
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Some Detroit school teachers are not happy with a plan to return to the classroom this month during the COVID-19 pandemic. They took part in a car caravan protest on Monday.

Last month, members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers voted to authorize a “safety strike” if the Detroit Public Schools Community District didn’t “implement basic science-based safety protocols before schools reopen during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.”

But last week, the district and its teachers union reached an agreement on a return to school plan which includes online and in-person instruction.

Organizers of yesterday’s protest say some teachers are feeling pressured to resume in-person classes.  

“There might not be anyone saying 'you have to go in-person,' but there are different ways you feel pressured,” says art teacher Yexenia Vanegas.

Last week, superintendent Nikolai Vitti described the reopening plan as a way to best serve Detroit school children while ensuring the safety of school employees. 

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