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News Bite: Chicago Teachers End Strike

Chicago, Illinois —(Map)

Teachers and students in Chicago’s public schools returned to classrooms on Friday as a strike by the teachers ended. The Chicago Teachers Union, which represents the teachers, settled with the city of Chicago on October 31.

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Chicago public school teachers, who have been on strike since October 17, have reached a deal with the city of Chicago. Teachers got many of their demands, but not all of them. Teachers and students returned to classrooms on Friday.
(Source: Charles Edward Miller, via

The deal gives the union most of the things it was asking for, including a 16% raise for teachers and a 40% raise for lower paid school workers like teaching assistants. The city also agreed to put a nurse and a social worker in every school and to use $35 million to try to bring down class sizes.

The teachers didn’t get everything they wanted, such as more homes that poorer families can afford to live in.

The deal was delayed over the question of whether the 11 missed school days would need to be made up. In the end, both sides agreed to make up five of the missed days.


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