CHICAGO –Friday was the first of three furlough days for Chicago Public Schools.
In financial turmoil, with no help on the way from the state, the school district ordered three unpaid furlough days for CPS employees to chisel $30 million dollars from the budget.
Adding to the uncertainty is contract talks with the Chicago Teachers Union.
Next Friday, teachers are planning a one-day strike, though district attorneys say that’s illegal.
Students are out of school two Fridays in a row. Next Friday, teachers will be joined by striking fast food workers, who are pushing for higher wages.