How Many Days Will CPS Students Have To Make Up From The Strike?

Bernie Tafoya
October 30, 2019 - 8:38 am

Urik Halliday (WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- As the Chicago teachers' strike enters its tenth class day, there’s starting to be talk about how many of those days will be made up.

Mayor Lighfoot had said before the strike began that there would be no class days made up if there were a walkout. Now there is no choice and CPS is looking at options. 

The state requires 180 school days a year. The Chicago school system had 188 days scheduled. Tuesday, the ninth class day of the teachers strike, by law was the first day that would have to be made up. CPS said it is considering when to add make up days. 

In 2012, the Chicago teachers' strike lasted seven class days. They were all made up by shortening the winter break and adding days at the end of the year. 

The Chicago Teachers Union is pushing to have all 10 days and counting made up.

Meanwhile, if the strike lasts until Friday, teachers could lose their healthcare coverage and have to buy a Cobra plan.