Chicago Parent: 1st Day of School All Over Again
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Chicago children returned to school Wednesday, less than a day after teachers ended a seven-day strike that disrupted the daily routines of thousands of families. (Sept 19)


SOT ANDREA SWANK Parent"To put it most simply, what is the worst thing that would happen if you gave the teachers everything that they wanted? Music instruction, a secure contract, fair pay, air-conditioning in schools, playgrounds for underdeveloped neighborhoods. So I was on the side of the teachers. I understand the inconvenience that it is, but a strike is a serious thing. And it was taken very responsibly by the teachers. And there was a great air of sadness on the Friday before the strike here at this school."*"Nobody wanted this strike, but I understand how important it was, and I see how hard these teachers work."* So I did come firmly on the side of the teachers."Nicole Frey-CPS parent"My daughter, especially, wanted to be back and school. And she couldn't wait to be back in school.""I understand both sides, but I just feel taking the kids out of school-I feel like the kids should just be in school, regardless.""I think it's the first day all over again today."(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: -------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: Pete---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: AP-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: none----------------------------------MARKET EMBARGO (S): none