September 10, 2012

Chicago teachers strike will roll into 2nd day

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Chicago School Board president says the teacher strike will enter a second day after negotiators failed to reach an agreement Monday.

David Vitale (vuh-TAL’-ee) says the board and the union never even got around to talking about teacher evaluations and recall rights, two of the biggest issues for teachers.

More than 26,000 teachers and support staff walked off the job Monday for the first time in a quarter century. That forced parents to scramble to find a place to send about 350,000 idle children.

The strike has created an unwelcome political distraction for Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Thousands of striking teachers left picket lines Monday afternoon to flood the Loop to rally for a new contract.

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