CPS, parents react to continuing teachers strike

The Chicago Teachers Union's strike is entering its second week, and parents are not happy about it.

Some parents say the longer the strike goes, their support for the strike will start to wane, because of the strain that it is placing on family routines.

As the strike continues, CPS is expanding its contingency plan called, "Children First."

More than 140 school buildings are being used to hold alternative programs, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Park district programs are also available at no charge.

Participation in Children First has been lower than anticipated, but that can change since the strike is in its second week.

"The expectation was that we were going to open the schools (Monday)," said Alfonso Carmona, principal of Healey Elementary.  "On Friday, we got everything ready to open the schools.  Some of my teachers were eager to come.  We were going to have an open house on Wednesday, but now we have to delay it because of the strike."

The CPS contingency plan also includes open houses at all city colleges Tuesday, for all students. 

Career counselors will be at the contingency high schools this week to help students fill out college applications and financial aid forms.

Additionally, parents have created a new organization called Chicago Students First. The group says it's a network for parents to advocate on behalf their children.

Besides resolution of the teachers strike, the group also wants parents to weigh in on city-wide educational initiatives.

Interested parents can register online at ChicagoStudentsFirst.org.



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