Following a year of battles between teachers unions and schools that repeatedly stalled the reopening of classrooms nationwide, unions and many rank-and-file teachers have changed course, saying they are ready to head back to school in the fall.

Many classroom teachers say they are on board with full in-person instruction this fall because the safety outlook has improved and they are fed up with remote learning. The new outlook has resulted in districts in cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago, where battles over safety measures kept classrooms closed for nearly a year, preparing to reopen school buildings fully for the fall.

The increasing vaccination rate throughout the U.S. was key to getting the support of teachers.


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