Sunset Park Teachers Rally Against School Reopening Plan

With less than three weeks before the first day of classes, educators are once again calling on New York City leaders to close schools and move learning online.

A couple hundred people gathered at Grand Army Plaza on Thursday to shed light on the unsafe conditions that persist in public schools and call on Mayor de Blasio to keep doors shut. Speakers placed an emphasis on schools in Sunset Park, the Brooklyn neighborhood that reported a 7 percent coronavirus infection rate last week. 

“Our mayor is saying, ‘Oh, we’re all at 1 percent, we’re safe to open,’” said Annie Tan, a fifth-grade special education teacher in Sunset Park. “No. That is not equitable. There is no way to equitably reopen schools and not also target, unfortunately, the inequities that already…

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