World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 13 Mar, 2021 06:00 am

Washington state governor set to declare state of emergency to force reopening of schools

Washington state governor set to declare state of emergency to force reopening of schools
Democratic Governor Jay Inslee has not only ignored warnings from medical professionals around the world by issuing this decree, but has blatantly revealed his contempt for public health.

School districts will be required to begin implementing this order by April 5, and by April 19 all students must be provided the option for in-person instruction.” The executive order will seek to use the suffering of students as a rationale for returning to in-person instruction.” In Burien, south of Seattle, the general membership of the Highline Education Association (HEA) voted on March 4 to not return to in-person instruction until April 19.However, the union then rushed through a vote on a separate deal compelling to teachers to return to in-person instruction on March 11.

The teachers had been sent a threatening email from Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfeld, announcing that she would be enlisting numerous substitute teachers and that those teachers who refused to return to in-person instruction would be subject to “progressive discipline.” What these rapid reversals, threats and snap votes reveal is the haphazard and anti-democratic nature of the return to in-person instruction.

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