CPS Parents Happy, Relieved That Students Are Back In Class

Bernie Tafoya
November 01, 2019 - 10:21 am
Thousands of parents may have been smiling a bit more Friday in Chicago, as their children returned to school after missing 11 class days because of a teachers' strike.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Thousands of parents may have been smiling a bit more Friday in Chicago, as their children returned to school after missing 11 class days because of a teachers' strike.

"I think it’s great. They were looking forward to going back to school," said Henrietta Parker, as she dropped off her 7th grade son at Kellogg Elementary School in the North Beverly neighborhood, although he would have preferred not returning on a Friday.  

Fellow Kellogg School parent Howie Ross supported the teachers’ demands, except for holding out for make-up days.

"Glad it's finally over," he said.

Ross was also glad CPS football teams that qualified for the state playoffs would still get to compete this weekend.



Stacie Davis-Stowe is happy and relieved her children are back in school. She said she was behind the teachers, but said that, "after 10-11 days, I was wondering if they were losing the purpose of the strike."

Third-grader Nilah Hyde wore her Halloween costume to school and was glad to be back, "because I like school. I like to learn everything."

Parent Catrina Simmons chuckled as she dropped off her child at Kellogg School.

"I am so happy to get these kids back in school," she said.