This Friday the Chicago Teacher’s Union has called for teacher walkout and massive downtown rally (dubbed a “Day of Action”) to protest contract negotiations and lack of education funding.
If all goes according to plan, about 300,000 students could find themselves without a teacher on Friday.
With this in mind, Chicago startup Dabble is offering nine activities through its Dabble Kids child-focused classes, ranging from a literacy, art, and yoga class to an all-day maker camp at Bit Space Workshop. Activities will be held around the city, and range in price from free to $100. Here’s a sample of some of the courses Dabble is offering (they have full listings here, most require registration).
- Open Books will host an afternoon of yoga, arts, crafts and leadership with State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and Mission Propelle ($35)
- Bit Space will offer a day long camp that introduces students to projects and tools in their maker space ($100)
- Chicago Architecture Foundation will open their LEGO supply and architecture resources for an afternoon session (free)
- The Chicago Children’s Museum is offering math games and activities (free with museum admission)
“We want to empower our young people to see Chicago as both their playground and classroom,” Dabble Kids director Jacqueline von Edelberg said in a statement.
Dabble aside, over 250 libraries, parks, schools, and other organizations have offered up facilities where students can study and do educational activities if the strike goes on that day. An interactive map with contingency spots can be found here.
The CTU decided to strike due to Chicago Public Schools’ decision to stop paying raises based on experience and educational attainment, as well as ending pension contributions according to the Chicago Tribune. The rally downtown is also around the lack of education funding in the state, and representatives from local colleges and universities are also expected to attend according to DNAinfo.
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