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Chicago teachers' strike affects high school athletics

5:10 AM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools student athletes won't be able to play games or practice during the teachers' strike.

School officials asked the Illinois High School Association to waive its rules banning athletic activity during teacher strikes. But on Monday the association denied the request.

IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said the association's board of directors decided granting the request was beyond its authority.

Hickman says after much discussion, board members felt respecting the guidelines put in place by member schools "was the only option available."

IHSA officials say its bylaws do allow school boards to approve practice sessions for schools that are on strike.

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