Protesters show support for Chicago teachers before classes

The Chicago Teachers Union held several protests that had dozens of parents and children holding signs outside schools before classes started.

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Teachers Union held several protests that had dozens of parents and children holding signs outside schools before classes started.

Union officials said the Wednesday morning "walk-ins" were meant to show support for increased education funding and a fair contract for its teachers. Instead of students walking out of schools, supporters planned to walk in. CPS sent a letter to parents and staff Tuesday saying principals shouldn't let strangers inside buildings.

About 50 to 60 parents protested outside a Hyde Park school. They held signs calling for an elected school board. CTU recording secretary Michael Brunson spoke on a loud speaker, asking district officials to develop financial solutions to keep schools from suffering.

The CTU and Chicago Public Schools are amid months-long negotiations for a contract, which expired June 30.

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