CHICAGO (CBS) – Public school parents frustrated by the length of the Chicago teachers’ strike are looking for other educational options, and the city’s charter schools have reported a record number of calls.
CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker some parents are just asking questions, but others are enrolling their children for classes at charter schools.
Five-year-old Anthony spent his first week of school at Jesse Owens Elementary Community Academy. But, after the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike, and the walkout dragged on several days, Anthony’s mom got fed up and Anthony is now enrolled at Lloyd Bond Charter School.
“It was just very stressful for me, and I started to get angry, because I’m like ‘Why is it lasting this long?” Leondra Smith said.
She is among nearly 30 parents who enrolled their children in charter schools since last week.
According to the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, 12 percent of Chicago students attend charter schools. That percentage is expected to grow, because calls to charter schools from frustrated CPS parents have jumped from an average of 10 a day to nearly 70.