Classes Cancelled For 360,000 Students As Chicago Teachers Go On Strike For Better Pay

“The work stoppage forced officials to cancel classes for more than 300,000 students, but school buildings stayed open for children who need a place to go during the strike.

Thousands of people including teachers and some parents who support their cause walked the picket lines, many of them wearing red shirts, carrying signs demanding “a fair contract” and chanting “Whose schools? Our schools.” Thousands of teachers and supporters also gathered downtown for an afternoon rally and march.

“I’m hopeful. I’m here to stand up for teachers and the future teachers,” said Pamela Wasson, a bilingual special education teacher in her 34th year of teaching as she picketed in front of her North Side elementary school.” – Reuters