Teachers union sues to block in-person learning

When the first cohort of students returned to school buildings Oct. 1, Boston Teachers Union President Jessica Tang joined Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius at the David A. Ellis school as teachers welcomed their young charges back to classrooms.

But a week later, Tang filed a lawsuit against the city after Cassellius insisted teachers continue in-school instruction for high-needs students even after Boston blew past the 4% infection rate city officials agreed would trigger the closing of schools.

“BTU is seeking injunctive relief because the union supports safe, high-quality instruction for high-needs students,” Tang said during a media availability Thursday. “We believe that the school district must take steps immediately to assure safety with appropriate staffing ratios to protect not just high-needs students, but also their families, educators, and the community at large.”

The BTU lawsuit capped a week of rising tensions between the teachers


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