Early yesterday morning, the public school teachers of Chicago went on strike, and in the hours since, we’ve heard a lot about contracts, salaries, city government, and unions.
And of course, we’ve also heard both sides mention the students, but in very different contexts.
On Sunday, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel said of the strike: “This is totally unnecessary, it’s avoidable and our kids do not deserve this.”
Meanwhile, teachers like Shee-ahn Barrett, who talked with The Takeaway yesterday, have this to say: "I think we really have to bring it back to what students need."
But while both sides claim to have the best interest of Chicago’s 350,000 public school children in mind, how do the kids, and their parents, feel about the strike? Are they taking sides? And how are they dealing with the day-to-day inconveniences of an education system in deadlock?
Dominique James is a 17-year-old high school senior at Walter Payton High School in Chicago. Vanessa James is the mother of Dominique.