Chicago Teachers On Strike

For the first time in 25 years, teachers in the country's third-largest public school system hit the picket line.

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Michael Grant, a parent of a Chicago public school student, is reflected in the glasses of teacher Yasman Vaughn as a handful of teachers picket outside Shoop Elementary School in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, as the strike by Chicago Teachers Union members heads into a second week.
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Smaller, more subdued groups of teachers picket outside Morgan Park High School in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. More than 26,000 teachers and support staff walked off the job on September 10 after the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement with the city on compensation, benefits and job security.
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A handful of teachers picket outside Shoop Elementary School in Chicago, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will seek a court order to force the city's teachers back into the classroom. With about 350,000 students, the Chicago school district is the third largest in the United States.
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Striking Chicago public school teachers attend a press conference by The Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign outside the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in City Hall on September 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Striking Chicago public school teachers attend a press conference by The Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign outside the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel in City Hall on September 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Chicago public school teachers picket outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school on September 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Teachers of Chicago public schools picket outside Roberto Clemente High School on September 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Striking Chicago teachers and their supporters attend a rally at Union Park September 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 26,000 teachers and support staff walked off of their jobs on September 10 after the union failed to reach an agreement with the city on compensation, benefits and job security.
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Strike posters lay on the ground in Union Park where Chicago public school teachers and their supporters were holding a rally September 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. An estimated 25,000 people gathered in the park in a show of solidarity as negotiations on a labor contract continue.
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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks to supporters during a rally at Union Park September 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union addresses the crowd during a rally Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Chicago. Lewis reminded that although there is a "framework" for an end to their strike, they are still are on strike.
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Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago teachers union, departs a news conference after her meeting with the union's House of Delegates Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Chicago. Lewis told the delegates that a "framework" was in place to end the teachers strike.
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More than 26,000 teachers and support staff walked off the job on September 10 after the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement with the city regarding compensation, benefits and job security. Here, striking Chicago public school teachers and their supporters march down Michigan Avenue on September 13. Click to see more photos from the scene.
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Keri Krupp, a school social worker, pickets with other Chicago public school employees outside Burr Elementary School on September 13 in Chicago. With about 350,000 students, the Chicago school district is the third largest in the U.S.
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A large group of public school teachers rally at John Marshall Metropolitan High School in West Chicago.
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Three teachers wearing strike posters cut across a vacant lot to join a large group of public school teachers marching on streets surrounding John Marshall Metropolitan High School in West Chicago.
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Two women hold signs supporting striking teachers as they watch a large group of public school teachers marching on streets surrounding John Marshall Metropolitan High School.
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Michael Grant, a parent of a Chicago public school student, walks a picket line outside Shoop Elementary School in support of striking CPS teachers. Union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement on compensation, benefits and job security. With about 350,000 students, the Chicago school district is the third largest in the United States.
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Vincent Iturralde, right, principal at at Tarkington School of Excellence, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens as Mahalia Hines, a member of the Chicago Board of education and former Chicago public schools teacher and principal, speaks.
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Chicago teachers walk a picket line outside Lane Tech College Prep High School after they went on strike for the first time in 25 years.
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Chicago public school teachers picket outside of the William H.Wells Community High School.
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A woman pushes a stroller past a group of public school teachers picketing outside Amundsen High School. The school is one of more than 140 schools in the Chicago Public Schools' "Children First" contingency plan, which feeds and houses students for four hours during the teachers strike.
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Chicago teachers walk a picket line outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits Chicago Public School children at Woodson Regional Library. The library is one of 78 public libraries in the city that are serving as "safe havens" for students who are not in school because of the teachers strike.
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits Chicago Public School children at Woodson Regional Library.
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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 the teachers strike.
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Parents drop their children off at Benjamin E. Mays Academy, one of the few schools open for a half day during the first day of a Chicago teachers strike.
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Chicago teacher Alma Hill walks a picket line outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School.
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Chicago public school teachers picket outside of the William H.Wells Community High School.
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Chicago public school teachers picket outside of the William H.Wells Community High School.
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Chicago school teachers picket outside Wells High School. More than 26,000 teachers and support staff hit the picket lines this morning after the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement with the city.
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Members of the Chicago Teachers Union distribute strike signage at the Chicago Teachers Union strike headquarters.
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Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale informs reporters at a news conference outside the Chicago Teachers Union Headquarters that final-day talks with the union failed to reach an agreement over teachers' contracts on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 in Chicago.
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Chicago teachers walk a picket line outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School in Chicago.
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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, center, tells reporters at a news conference outside the union's headquarters that the city's 25,000 public school teachers will walk the picket line Monday morning after talks with the Chicago Board of Education failed to reach an agreement over teachers' contracts.
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Chicago public school teachers picket on an overpass near downtown.
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Chicago Teachers Union lawyer Robert Bloch, left, talks to CTU delegates following a meeting Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in Chicago. The Chicago teachers union decided to continue its weeklong strike, extending an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security provisions central to the debate over the future of public education across the United States.
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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, left, listens to CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey speak at a press conference following a meeting of delegates Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in Chicago. The Chicago teachers union decided Sunday to continue its weeklong strike, extending an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security provisions central to the debate over the future of public education across the United States.
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Striking Chicago school teachers march after a rally Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 in Chicago. Thousands of striking Chicago public school teachers and their allies packed a city park Saturday in a boisterous show of force as union leaders and the district tried to work out the details of an agreement that could end a week-long walkout.
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