As the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools traded announcements yesterday — CTU setting a strike date of Sept. 10 and CPS issuing its contingency plan for students — parents were left scratching their heads.
How will CPS dole out its $25 million in emergency funds? Where’s the list of the 140+ schools that will provide kids with activities and supervision in the event of a strike? Is the Park District really extending day camps?
“When I do ask questions, it seems like nobody really knows,” said Wendy Vasquez, CPS parent and co-president of Friends of Ravenswood School. Few current parents remember the last strike in 1987; some might not have been born. “I think people are confused. My sense is folks aren’t sure what to expect.”