Wow, what a tumultuous night for Chicago families, teachers and city leaders. As more information about the negotiations comes out, it gets harder to determine who's to blame. Schools without air-conditioning or libraries, teachers working longer hours and feeling inadequately compensated, a city that's basically bankrupt, a need for reform that includes teacher evaluations; no matter what happens among the grownups, the bottom line is that our city's educational system is deeply fractured and our children are suffering because of it.
Over at Families in the Loop, we're amassing a list of resources available for families impacted by the Teachers Strike. You'll find camp and childcare options, news updates, info from CPS, and links to other sites including Macaroni Kid Chicago Loop and ChicagoKids, who have created very helpful pages as well. Head over there and check it all out.