The teachers' strike in the nation's third-largest district has led to the creation of at least one parents' group.
Two parents say they started Chicago Students First because they were frustrated by watching the strike, which has lasted five days so far.
Parent Christina Shaver says the network will get parents off the sidelines on important issues and into the discussion about what affects their children. The group's website will feature a blog and surveys.
The announcement of the newly-formed group came Sunday as delegates with the Chicago Teachers Union met to consider the latest proposal from the school district.
The strike has left some 350,000 students out of school since Monday.