Few Signs of Progress in Strike

    CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) headquarters on September 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 26,000 teachers and support staff walked off their jobs yesterday after the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement with the city on compensation, benefits and job security. With about 350,000 students, the Chicago school district is the third largest in the United States.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    There were few signs of progress in Chicago as the teachers strike dragged into the third day on Wednesday and around 350,000 students were once again out of school. Talks between the union and the city’s school board broke up after 10 hours on Tuesday; they were set to resume at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. At the heart of the dispute is the hot-button national issue of tying teacher salary to test scores. The strike could have serious consequences for President Obama, since it takes place in his home city, has his former chief of staff as a key player (Mayor Rahm Emanuel)—and could cause him to lose the support of an important ally, the teachers’ unions.

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