Chicago Teachers End Strike

    CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) delegates embrace after voting to end their strike on September 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 26,000 Chicago Public school teachers and support staff walked off the job on September 10 after the 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. Students will return to school tomorrow.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    There are 350,000 sad kids in Chicago. The teachers union voted Tuesday to end a weeklong strike, securing what should be a double-digit salary increase over three years. Like a boxing match, the quarrel showcased two stubborn sides on the national stage. Union President Karen Lewis said that the teachers had struck down merit pay and a new evaluation system. Her opponent, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, did not give in to the request for a 30 percent base salary bump, and he lengthened the school day.

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