As the Chicago teachers' strike continues with no end in sight, 300,000 students spend another day outside of the public school classroom. Chicago's mayor, Lori Lightfoot, says this is damaging to children.
"We need to get our kids back in school," the mayor said Thursday, CNN reports. "Every day we are out, that hurts our children."
But Are the Children Really Hurting?
As the Chicago strike shows, when government schooling is not the centerpiece of a child's life, community organizations step up to provide support and care. Museums, churches, libraries, and a multitude of civic non-profits are opening their doors to children displaced by the teachers' strike, and public parks and playgrounds abound.