CPS students head back to school today

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Public School students return to the classrooms on Tuesday.

Mayor Emanuel and the head of CPS, Forrest Claypool, greeted some of them at Tonti Elementary School at 58th and Homan.

The first day of school kicks-off with some uncertainties, though.

The budget is relying on the state to fill a $500 million hole. CPS warns of new layoffs and cuts if that doesn't happen.

The teachers also don't have a contract. A mediator is now involved in the talks between CPS and the CTU. The old contract expired back in June.

CPS has already cut about 1,000 jobs, elementary school sports programs, and altered start times to help save money.

Students who show up for the first day will get free passes to the Museum of Science and Industry.

The CTA is also offering students and parent’s free bus and train rides.