Chicago kids go back to school


For Chicago students, it was back to school on Wednesday as teachers returned to class. (M. Spencer Green/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
September 19, 2012

Public school kids in Chicago, Illinois, did something yesterday that they hadn’t done in a week and a half: They went to school.

In a word, it felt “great,” said 16-year-old Jayton Howard.

School had been canceled for seven days while teachers were on strike — refusing to go to work — because of a disagreement with the city government over working conditions.

Both teachers and the city claimed victory in the agreement that got classes back in session. Teachers got more pay, and the city got a longer school day and school year. City officials say more time in school will help make sure that students learn everything they need to.

For 350,000 kids and their parents, the return to the routine of the school day was welcome.

Joshua Wheaton, a student at Frazier International Magnet School, waits outside before the start of school in Chicago after the teacher strike. (Scott Olson/GETTY IMAGES)

Eight-year-old Nkai Melton may not have understood why he hadn’t been going to school lately, but he did know what he was most looking forward to about being back: “Going on the playground.”

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