Haas’ suggested the step forward despite a majority of ACPS teachers having expressed fear over returning to the physical classroom presently.
In contradiction to the teacher survey, roughly 65% of parents indicated support for the schools’ reopening—leaving Haas in the lurch.
Despite intense lobbying from their Superintendent, the seven-member School Board gave Haas scant cover with a 4-3 vote in favor of his proposal.
Now, the local teachers’ union, the Albemarle Education Association (AEA), is pushing back. The group has planned an “Only When It’s Safe” rally for Friday afternoon, and has instructed (most fittingly) teachers and supporters to “PLEASE WEAR RED!”.
Perhaps the group senses weakness in Dr. Haas, who has capitulated numerous times to activist pressure on a variety of issues. But this march is more than a protest. The sounds of mutiny are in the air and Dr. Haas best batten down the hatches—or prepare to be keelhauled.