Chicago Public Schools teachers declare strike

South Loop, West Loop campuses among few open as “safe havens”

09/09/2012 11:28 PM

By Ben Meyerson

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The Chicago Public Schools teachers declared a strike Sunday night, shutting down public education in Chicago indefinitely as union and district officials wrangle over a new contract.

No union teachers will be in schools beginning Monday morning, Sept. 10, and most will be closed. However, a few buildings will remain open under a safety net plan from CPS called “Children First.”

Under that plan, 144 buildings around the city will remain open from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., but under state law, instruction cannot be provided to students. Instead, principals, assistant principals, schools central office staff and non-union CPS employees will man the buildings. They will provide breakfast and lunch free of charge and guide the students in “positive activities.”

Near downtown, in Chicago Journal and Skyline’s neighborhoods, several school buildings will be open:

  • South Loop Elementary
  • Graham Occupational High School on the Near South Side
  • Skinner West in the West Loop
  • Smyth and Rudolph on the Near West Side
  • Cooper and Perez in Pilsen
  • Manierre and Payton High School on the Near North Side
  • Newberry in Lincoln Park

A number of park district facilities will also be open, providing free programming for kids from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., but no meals will be served. Parks offering special programming near downtown include:

  • Sheridan Park in University Village
  • Fosco Park on the Near West Side
  • Dvorak Park and Harrison Park in Pilsen
  • Union Park in the West Loop
  • Seward Park on the Near North Side
  • The Lincoln Park Cultural Center

Both CPS and park district locations are requiring advance registration for programming. Register online here:

A number of other locations will be open as well. An interactive map shared by the Mayor’s office laying out many of the locations is available here:

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By Robert from S. Loop
Posted: 09/10/2012 7:43 AM

Ah, the Labor monopoly strikes again. Attempting to extort more money from taxpayers. Average salary of $71,000 a year. Work for nine months a year. Luxurious benefits. One of the shortest school years in the country. Only in Chicago. FU Unions!