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    In dispute between D.C. and union, arbiter ruling clears city schools to reopen Monday

    Elizabeth Davis, president of the Washington Teachers’ Union, argued that there were numerous safety violations at schools — including HVAC systems that lacked proper documentation showing they were repaired — and that the city had failed to properly conduct walk-throughs. Based on the ruling, two schools — Coolidge High and Watkins Elementary — will probably have to delay their reopenings and schedule new walk-throughs. The arbiter said the walk-throughs at those schools were too brief and did not allow participants to view enough of the building. “The arbitrator’s decision makes it clear: all of our schools are safe and ready to reopen, and we look forward to welcoming back thousands…

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