Harlem Parents

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

Tammie Bair hosted a full house Thursday afternoon. Her four daughters, home for the third day of the Harlem teacher strike, hosted other friends with nothing to do. Tammie says she's getting frustrated.

"So here we are in a district that we hand picked, that we thought was gonna be pretty good, and here we are sitting at home."

Tammie says she's one of the lucky ones...she can arrange her schedule to watch her girls and their friends play at her house. But this is her second time through a Harlem strike, and she's worried about what's to come.

"I don't know what they're doing or what they're thinking. What am I gonna do with my kids for, I think it was, 9 days?"

Options for parents less fortunate than Tammie are getting slim. The YMCA and the Harlem Community Center are offering daycare, but both are at least 20 dollars a day...and they're getting pretty full pretty fast.

"I don't want to send them to the Y with all those other hundreds of frustrated kids," Tammie says. "I don't think that's a very good solution, to have them all in a room together frustrated."

With a degree in education in her back pocket, Tammie hopes it works out for the best.

"They should be paid what they deserve. We're going to lose a lot of good teachers through this."


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