Kids coping on second day of teachers' strike - FOX 32 News Chicago

Kids coping on second day of teachers' strike

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Making plans for kids during the teachers strike is tricky business and many hope it's over soon. Right now, too many children are getting a hard lesson in: nothing.

It's the kind of limbo that starts out boring and only gets worse for most Chicago public school students who should be in class.

"Uhh basically I'm doing nothing because school is out,"a "Safe Haven" kid told FOX.

"Well, right now we're going to the store to get some food and just stay at home," another student said.

Just a fraction of them are choosing to use the alternative offered by CPS.

Though Wednesday the so-called "Children First" plan could be more attractive, CPS announced Tuesday that the programs at 144 sites will have their own "longer day." Instead of ending at noon when many parents can't get away to pick them up, children can now go from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 in the afternoon.

For all the jokes about a teacher walk-out giving students an extended summer vacation, even the kids aren't laughing.

"Yes, I'd rather be in school," a student tells FOX.

"The kids need to get back in that routine, and get back to school, and I think everybody just needs to come together and work things out so everything can just get back to normal," a parent says.

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is hoping it will end soon too. Duncan issued a statement Tuesday saying, "I hope that the parties will come together to settle this quickly and get our kids back in the classroom. I'm confident that both sides have the best interests of the students at heart and that they can collaborate at the bargaining table to reach a solution that puts kids first."

Duncan is quite familiar with some of the issues facing Chicago Public schools, as he was the CEO of the schools from 2001 to 2008.

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