Chicago Teachers Driven by Fear of Charter Schools

And their strike makes those alternative schools look even better


Chicago schools' union walkout sent the parents of 350,000 students hunting for child care for a third straight day yesterday. Yanira Robles, mother of five, wasn't one of them.

"I feel lucky that they are in a school that is not on strike," said Robles, 37, whose children attend Esmeralda Santiago Charter School in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. "It was a relief. I want them to be learning."