Chicago Charter Schools Remind Parents Sites Will Stay Open During Strike

Updated 09/09/12 – 10:22 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The city’s charter school administrators are reminding parents of approximately 45,000 charter school students that they are open for business Monday, regardless of the planned strike by the Chicago Teachers Union.

They were also urging the union not to picket outside charter schools.

“If you come with your pickets tomorrow, you will not respect teachers who’ve chosen to be at charters. You will not respect the … children who have chosen charters,” said John Horan, president of North Lawndale College Prep, a charter school on the West Side.

North Lawndale shares a campus with a traditional Chicago Public School facility.

“So in the name of access to high-quality education for all of our children, don’t disrupt high-quality education for the … children going to charter schools,” Horan said.

In other words, charter schools – whose teachers are not part of the Chicago Teachers Union – want to proceed with business as usual, and not be confronted by striking teachers out front should the union go on strike on Monday.

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