Chicago kids, teachers brace for Day 2 of strike

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Chicago kids, teachers brace for Day 2 of strike
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CHICAGO (AP) — Rose Davis wasn’t about to let her two young grandchildren walk alone through one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods, even though they were going to a school kept open for students who needed a safe haven while teachers walked the picket line.

So Davis, who has a painful diabetic condition that affects nerves in her legs, walked with them Monday the six blocks to Benjamin E. Mays Elementary Academy in Englewood — about five blocks farther than the school they normally attend — where they ate breakfast and lunch, read books, worked on computers and played games. She went back four hours later to escort them home.

“They had to go out of their home zone, and you never know what gang violence is going on on the other side of the zone,” said Davis, 47, who said she will continue making the difficult trek until teachers return to the classroom.

But Davis and other parents and caregivers who scrambled Monday to figure out what to do with more than 350,000 idle children must do it all again Tuesday — and perhaps longer — after the teachers union and district failed to reach a settlement to end the first strike in the city’s schools in a quarter century. On Monday, only about 18,000 students showed up at schools and other venues where authorities organized activities and provided meals for those in need. That means the v…………… continues on KFMB News 8

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