The 2nd-biggest teacher union in the US is calling for schools to fully reopen this fall

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The 2nd-biggest teacher union in the US is calling for schools to fully reopen this fall
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  • The head of a major teachers' union will call for schools to be open in the fall, the New York Times reports.
  • The head of the American Federation of Teachers is planning a Thursday speech.
  • "There is no doubt: Schools must be open. In person. Five days a week," her prepared remarks say.

The president of a major teachers' union will call for schools to fully reopen in the fall, The New York Times reported.

Randi Weingarten, the head of the American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers' union in the US, is planning to make a speech on Thursday calling for the opening, The Times reported.

She will say "There is no doubt: Schools must be open. In person. Five days a week," according to The Times.

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And she says her whole union supports the move: "And my union is all in."

Teachers' unions have generally resisted full school reopenings so far during the pandemic, and have been accused of delaying them opening up further.

President Joe Biden said last month that schools "should probably all be open" in the fall, citing scientific advice.

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