Chicago teachers strike begins with confusion


CHICAGO (AP) -- Parents and students are trying to make sense of the Chicago teachers' strike. The district is keeping some schools open, but there's no instruction and it's only for a half-day.


At Benjamin E. Mays Elementary Academy there's a lot of confusion. Students usually arrive at 7:45 a.m. but the school didn't open Monday until 8:30, so some children were left waiting outside.


Parent April Logan decided to take her 5-year-old home instead of leaving her at school where she wasn't sure who would be watching her.


At Paul Robeson High School, a handful of students trickled in as about two dozen teachers picketed outside. Seventeen-year-old Ebony Irvin says she only came to school because she didn't have anywhere else to go. She planned to do homework from last week.

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