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Teachers strike update

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2012

Hundreds of delegates with the Chicago Teachers Unions are trickling into a meeting where they’ll consider a proposed employment contract with the nation’s third largest school district. Teachers have been on strike for a week and they could vote today to end it if they like the latest offer. But they could also delay a vote or reject it, meaning that some 350,000 students would still be out of school. About 25,000 teachers have been picketing since Monday. The mood was serious as delegates arrived at the meeting Sunday afternoon. Many declined to talk to reporters. The weeklong strike comes during contentious negotiations. The top issues have included teacher evaluations that factor in student progress and job security. It is Chicago’s first teachers’ strike in 25 years.

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