World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 17 Mar, 2021 05:15 am

Los Angeles and Oakland educators to vote this week on unions’ deadly school reopening plans

Los Angeles and Oakland educators to vote this week on unions’ deadly school reopening plans
The drive to reopen West Coast schools, orchestrated by the Democrats and the teachers’ unions, has intensified over the past week with the announcement of a deal to reopen Oakland schools.

Beginning Thursday, teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will be voting on an agreement to return to in-person learning in the second largest school district in the US.The agreement in Los Angeles includes reopening for elementary school students on April 19, while secondary school students would return later in the month.In the case of the secondary school openings in Los Angeles, those students would sit in the same classroom on campus all day while continuing to conduct classes over Zoom.In other words, the real aim of the agreement between the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and LAUSD is not to address the pedagogical shortcomings of remote instruction as both parties claimed, but instead to bring children back to schools in a manner that will offer no educational advantages whatsoever over remote learning, simply so that their parents can in turn go back to work.

One LAUSD parent remarked to the Los Angeles Times, “Essentially we are asking our kids to go to school, sit in a classroom, wear headphones and be supervised by a teacher instructing via Zoom.” The deadly agreements reached by the UTLA and OEA recall what took place in 2019, when powerful teachers’ strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland were isolated and defeated by the same union leaderships that present themselves as “radical” while remaining totally subservient to the Democrats and the capitalist system.

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