Madison teachers call for all-virtual school in the fall

The union representing Madison teachers today called on the Madison Metropolitan School District to adopt all-virtual learning when school begins in the fall.

In a news release, Madison Teachers Inc. said that virtual learning is the best model to ensure the physical and emotional health of students, staff, and the families in their households.

The district currently is considering three options for the upcoming school year: all virtual, all in-person and a hybrid of the two.

District leaders earlier have said they hope to release a final plan by early August.

“As educators, this is a difficult decision for us because we pursue our profession out of our love of working with children -- and that work is done best when we can do work with them in person,” said MTI Vice President Michael Jones. “We are excited to work with our students and families. Commencing September 1, staff will be ready to teach! But we refuse to jeopardize the lives of our children or our families with a reopening plan that relies on magical thinking and unfunded mandates,” Jones added.

MTI staff and leadership said in the news release that they continue to engage with the district and community stakeholders seeking information and expressing health and safety, staffing, instructional equity issues, and workload concerns regarding the myriad of plans being considered for the 2020-21 school year.

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