The picket lines will begin today for teachers in Chicago, IL. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis delivered the news Sunday night after negotiations failed with the school board. This will be the first time in 25 years that teachers have been on strike. Lewis said both sides are not far apart on compensation but they are far apart when it comes to benefits. Until the school board can come up with a fair contact, teachers will walk the picket lines talking to parents and clergy.
According district officials, the teacher’s strike will affect 400,000 students. Area schools will open today from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students will attend school for a half day. District officials have sent correspondence to parents stating that 60 churches have been designated as safe havens for children after school.
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