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CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Emanuel says parents can blame striking teachers for the disruptive schedule changes officials have made to make up lost days.

Chicago Public schools moved up spring break one week—from April 1 to March 25—as part of a plan to rework the school calendar to make up for the seven school days lost during the walkout.

The school year has also been extended into June.

Many parents have complained about disrupted plans.

Mayor Emanuel says it’s the teachers’ fault.

“I have always thought it was a strike of choice,” Emanuel said. “This was a set of requirements based on the fact that had we not had a strike we would not be in this position.”

The Chicago Teachers Union attorney told the Chicago Sun-Times that teachers shouldn’t be blamed for a calendar change made by school officials.

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