Students still stuck in limbo while CPS, CTU leaders negotiate - FOX 32 News Chicago

Students still stuck in limbo while CPS, CTU leaders negotiate

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Students boarded a bus after another day full of activities but no school.

"The strike, I'm not against it but I prefer the kids to be in school. They're missing out on a lot but my son, he loves By The Hands, he loves to come here every day," said Louise White, a mother of a Chicago Public Schools student participating in NBA player Dwayne Wade's By The Hand Club for Kids in Cabrini Green.

Since the strike started, the afterschool program has extended its hours to 9:00am to 6:00pm, as parents anxiously await an agreement between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS.

While 400 students have been attending By the Hands, others have been filling churches, CPS' Children First sites and some just stayed home.

"Something should be done. It was bad for one week because I'm stuck with her everyday," said Edward Lougrini, a father of Chicago Public Schools student, 6 year old Sophia.

The Lincoln Park Elementary School first grader is just one of more than a quarter million elementary and high school students stuck in limbo while CPS and CTU leaders negotiate.

"I don't know why they waited until the last minute to start bargaining. That should have been done a long time ago and kids should be in school," said Lougrini.

For Lincoln Park High School senior Sheeraz Khan the question is how this week's events will affect his future.

When asked about college, transcripts and test scores, Kahn responded, "Yeah, those are going to be delayed so I'm not happy about that."

Kahn went on to say he's been trying to contact his teachers, but has not heard back since the strike has started. He says the strike is effecting many seniors as they prepare for college.

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