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Chicago Strike Ends

Chicago Students Head Back To Class, Teachers End Strike

After experiencing a week-and-a-half long teacher's strike, which left 350,000 students in Chicago on an extended summer vacation, teachers and support staff voted to end their strike. Accepting a compromise agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, representatives of the 29,000 Chicago public school employees said the full membership of the union will vote in the next two weeks to formally ratify a new three-year contract.

The terms, which all haven't been revealed, will give the teachers a 17.6 percent pay increase and creates a new teacher evaluation system based in part on their students' standardized test scores. Reportedly, this is a fear by most teachers, as they feel the agreement will result in the closure of up to 140 schools, according to an estimate by Catalyst Chicago, a local education information service.

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