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September 11, 2012
Sitthixay Ditthavong photo

Thousands of public school teachers rally outside the Chicago Public Schools district headquarters on the first day of strike action over teachers’ contracts on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in Chicago. For the first time in a quarter century, Chicago teachers walked out of the classroom Monday, taking a bitter contract dispute over evaluations and job security to the streets of the nation’s third-largest city � and to a national audience � less than a week after most schools opened for fall.

Sitthixay Ditthavong photo

Thousands of public school teachers rally outside the Chicago Public Schools district headquarters on the first day of strike action over teachers’ contracts on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 in Chicago. For the first time in a quarter century, Chicago teachers walked out of the classroom Monday, taking a bitter contract dispute over evaluations and job security to the streets of the nation’s third-largest city � and to a national audience � less than a week after most schools opened for fall.

M. Green photo

Rose Davis speaks outside Benjamin E. Mays Academy where she dropped off her two grandchildren for a half day of school supervision, during the first day of a teachers strike Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Chicago. Thousands of teachers walked off the job in the nation’s third-largest school district for the first time in 25 years after union leaders announced they were far from resolving a contract dispute with school district officials.