Striking teachers picketed outside the Chicago public school system's headquarters Tuesday.
About 350,000 children were unable to attend school due to the strike, reported CNN. Many parents have voiced concerns over where the children will spend their time. "A lot of kids are out on the streets, and that's setting them up for trouble and violence. They need to be in school right now, doing something productive," Valicia Hill, a mother of six, told CNN.
Other parents have supported the teachers' decision to strike. Rev. Michael Grant, an affected father, told the Star Tribune "I'm going to stay strong, behind the teachers."
The Chicago Teachers Union says they are still far from reaching a deal. The parties are close to a deal on pay but far from an agreement on teacher evaluations, benefits, and other aspects of the strike said CNN.
According to CNN, this is the second consecutive day of the strike of nearly 30,000 members of the union.