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Teachers rally in Hartford for safe and fully-funded return to school for kids


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — In a day full of noisy protests at the Capitol, the one held by Connecticut’s teachers was possibly the noisiest.

The protest was done entirely in their cars, writing slogans on the windows, and taping signs to their automobiles. They are saying that the state wants schools to reopen across the state for any students whose parents want to send them in just a few weeks. 

The teachers counter that it is not safe to have hundreds of kids, teachers, and staff all crammed into one building during a pandemic.

“We have three goals today, the first is we want to put the brakes on in-person learning. We want to slowly phase in a return to school. The second goal is to make sure a return is fully funded by the state,” said New Haven teacher Leslie Blateau. “The third demand is that the state invest in professional education for distance learning so we can serve our student in the best possible way during a global pandemic.”

The teacher caravan was originally supposed to drive all the way around the Capitol through the parking lots, but with all the other protests happening Thursday, they had to change the route, driving straight down Capitol Avenue, eventually ending up at the Governor’s mansion.

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