Chicago teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after weeks of negotiations between the city and the Chicago Teacher's Union failed to produce an agreeable contract.
Now, the union's 26,000 educators in the country's third largest school district have abandoned their classrooms and hit the picket lines. As a result, the district's nearly 400,000 students are also out of school, just a week into the academic year.
Many of those students have taken to Twitter to express their elation for a brief break from school. Others are concerned that the school year will be extended into the summer to make up for missed days. And some are apparently looking to join their teachers in protest:
-- Marissa(@missmelectro) September 10, 2012
A few students blamed the district and the teachers for interfering with their education.
"They're hurting us," Ta'Shara Edwards, a 16-year-old student at Robeson High School told the Associated Press. She added that her mother forced her to go to school, even while classes were out, so the teen "wouldn't suck up her light bill" doing her homework.
See what else parents, students and CPS community members had to say on Twitter: