BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Superior Court judge ruled on Wednesday that the Boston Teacher’s Union must continue teaching in-person.
Judge Robert B. Gordon said that the BTU’s stopping in-person classes for high-needs students would not be in the public interest. The court’s opinion pointed to specific language in the agreement between the BTU and the city.
The agreement hinges on two key points — teachers in the union would have the option of doing remote learning if the COVID-19 positivity rate rises about 4%, but teachers would be expected to return to the classroom when the Boston Public Health Commissions, the city, or state deems it safe to do so.
While the positivity rate did rise above that threshold, the city’s health officials said it was safe to do in-person learning. This is what the judge based his ruling off of.
In response to the ruling, the BTU said it disagreed with the court’s opinion but would try to “figure out a collaborative plan as soon as possible,” with the district.
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