Catholic schools in Boston opened for in-person instruction in the fall without the dire predictions that opponents made (“How Boston-Area Catholic Schools Opened for In-Person Learning Amid the Pandemic,” EducationNext, Dec. 17). Despite a population of 35,500 students, teachers and staff, only a tiny fraction of one percent has been infected.
The superintendent attributed the results to adhering strictly to CDC guidelines. If so, why can’t public schools in Boston and elsewhere do the same thing? Is it because teachers’ unions are using the pandemic as the justification for higher salaries? As readers of this column know, I support teachers’ unions. But there is a limit to what I believe are demands that will backfire.
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