September 10th, 2012
08:40 PM ET

Chicago teachers union locked in negotiations

Negotiations have resume again Monday between Chicago teachers and administrators, after the union called a strike. It's the first time in 25 years Chicago has experienced a teacher's strike.

The strike left 350,000 students home from school. Chicago has the third largest school district in the country. The teachers union are at the bargaining table fighting for an increase in compensation and job security in the wake of an evaluation system that is tied to standardized test scores.

CNN's Ted Rowlands is OutFront with the latest.

Chicago teachers strike; students and parents scramble

Chicago teachers and administrators started talking again Monday, hours after the educators' union called a strike and school officials said they had nothing left to give.

Public school teachers launched their first strike in the city in 25 years Sunday night, saying they were close to a deal on pay but far apart on teacher evaluations, benefits and other issues.

The strike left about 350,000 students with an unscheduled day off, and left some parents scrambling for alternatives.

The school district opened 144 of its 578 schools for part of the day to provide a safe environment and meals to children in need. Dozens of churches and civic organizations stepped in to provide activities for the thousands of suddenly idle students. And police, expecting an uptick in trouble with more kids on the streets, pulled officers from desk duty to increase patrols.


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