Vitale: 'We will do whatever we can' - FOX 32 News Chicago

School Board President David Vitale: 'We will do whatever we can'

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago School Board President David Vitale says the district will do whatever it can to help the some 350,000 students who'll be out of school as a weeklong strike continues.

Vitale spoke Sunday after teachers decided to continue the strike. They want more time to consider the district's latest proposal.

"We are extremely disappointed that after ten months of discussion, and reaching an honest and fair compromise, that the CTU has decided to continue their strike of choice and keep children out of the classroom," Vitale said in a statement Sunday.

Contentious issues have included job security and teacher evaluations.

"There is no reason why our kids can't be in school while the union reviews the agreement. Just as we have said this is a strike of choice, this has become a delay of choice," he said.

The school district has kept nearly 150 schools open to provide meals for students. More than 80 percent of Chicago students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches.

Vitale says those Children First sites will continue to stay open. He says he's disappointed the strike will continue and that there's no reason that children can't be in school while the union reviews the agreement.

The strike is expected to last at least through Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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