The city of Chicago is in tense negotiations Friday to prevent nearly 30,000 unionized school teachers from walking off the job. A Monday deadline is looming for more than 400,000 students as the teacher's union fights for better wages, benefits and job security.
The third largest school district in the country has not seen a strike in 25 years, and city officials, who are already dealing with a murder rate that is up more than 30% this year are scrambling to keep kids off the street in the event of a strike.
CNN's Ted Rowlands is in Chicago and OutFront with the latest.
Chicago braces for possible teachers' strike - its first in 25 years
Chicago is bracing for a teachers' strike that could affect hundreds of thousands of students next week in the nation's third-largest school district.
Teachers and support staff set a walkout date for Monday, which would mark the first time they have gone on strike in 25 years.
"This is a difficult decision for all of us to make," said Karen Lewis, the union president . "But this is the only way to get the board's attention and show them we are serious about getting a fair contract which will give our students the resources they deserve."
If it happens, it will affect about 400,000 students, including some from neighborhoods struggling with crime and gang problems.