Second day of Chicago teachers strike leaves schools empty and parents struggling to find childcare options for kids who see it as another vacation.
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"It was good!" said Makayla, who presented her mother with a crayon picture of a school with a smiling sun, wearing eyeglasses, beaming down from a blue sky.
But Makayla's mother, Latrice Hudson, worried about how long the strike that began Monday could drag on. As she watched her children play in a West Side park outside of Skinner West Elementary School, Ms. Hudson confessed to mixed feelings about the action that involves some 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third-largest school system.
"I want to be in support of the teachers but I really wish they could have found a different way to go about it," said Hudson, who is studying to be a teacher and had to rearrange her classes. "I'm just hoping that it's over with by this week."