Madison teachers union responds to decision to start semester virtually

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MADISON, Wis. — A Madison teachers union says they support the decision by the Madison Metropolitan School District to begin the third quarter of the school year virtually.

Superintendent Dr. Carlton Jenkins made the announcement Friday morning, leaving the door open for in-person learning if coronavirus conditions improve in the city.

In response, Madison Teachers Inc. released a statement saying they “stand in solidarity” with Dr. Jenkins’ decision-making process, which included discussions with the union.

“The decision to begin third quarter virtually was a collaborative effort based on science, with an equity lens, and all stakeholder voice,” the union statement said.

“As we continue in an all-virtual format, educators are working together to continuously reflect and strengthen the virtual instruction model,” the statement continued. “Building on the hard work done by students, staff, and families while working virtual over these past months, we will continue collaborating with the District and families while also elevating the voices of those who will be directly engaged in supporting students’ academic and social emotional needs.”

The district will hold a press conference with more information on their decision to start the third quarter virtually at 1 p.m. Friday. You can watch it live on Channel3000.com and Channel3000+ streaming platforms.