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Alternate Sites For Kids Still Open As Teachers’ Strike Continues

As the Chicago teachers’ strike entered its sixth school day, the hundreds of school buildings, libraries, non-profits and other sites providing alternate activities for students were open again to provide children a safe haven while school is out.

CBS Chicago–09/17/2012

Jaylin Johnson, 12, was reported missing after leaving Harlan Community Academy High School, one of the sites providing activities for kids during the teachers' strike on Sept. 12, 2012. (Credit: Chicago Police)

12-Year-Old Girl Missing After Visiting Strike Site

Police are looking for a 12-year-old girl who was reported missing after she left one of the sites established by the Chicago Public Schools to provide activities for students during the teachers’ strike.


Chicago teachers went on strike on Monday. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Open Schools To Expand Hours During Strike

Hours at schools currently open during the teachers’ strike will be expanded, starting Thursday.


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Teachers Picket Outside Schools Left Open For Alternative Programs

Parents have been taking their kids to 144 “Children First” sites for alternative activities and meals, but it turns out picketing teachers are showing up at the sites too.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2012

Chicago Public Schools students attending a "Children First" program -- alternative activities for kids during the teachers' strike -- cross a picket line outside Walter Payton College Prep High School on Sept. 10, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Mixed Emotions, Some Confusion For Parents As Strike Begins

Parents of public school students were feeling mixed emotions as they sent kids to half-day programs at scores of Chicago Public Schools sites on Monday during the teachers’ strike, while others were confused when they learned teachers had walked off the job.

CBS Chicago–09/10/2012

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Options For Students During Chicago Teachers’ Strike

The first Chicago teachers’ strike in 25 years has left parents and students scrambling to find alternatives for their children.