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Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school on Sept. 17. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Chicago teachers strike

Chicago's public school teachers went on strike for the first time in 25 years on Sept. 10, 2012, amid a monthslong contract dispute with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The walkout shut down the nation's third-largest school district, with more than 350,000 students. On Sept. 18, the Chicago Teachers Union announced that members voted to end the strike.

Teacher Patty Westcott pickets outside Clissold Elementary School
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Teacher Patty Westcott pickets outside Clissold Elementary School in Chicago. Later in the day, the city's teachers union announced that members voted to end the strike of more than a week and to return to classroom the next day. (Sept. 18, 2012)

Striking Chicago public school teachers attend a news
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Striking Chicago public school teachers attend a news conference by the Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office in City Hall. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Smaller, more subdued groups of teachers picket outside
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Smaller, more subdued groups of teachers picket outside Morgan Park High School in Chicago on Sept. 17. (Sept. 17, 2012)

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Michael Grant, a parent of a Chicago public
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Michael Grant, a parent of a Chicago public school student, is reflected in the glasses of teacher, Yasman Vaughn, as a handful of teachers picket outside Shoop Elementary School in Chicago on Sept. 17, 2012. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of
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Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school on Sept. 17. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of
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Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school on Sept. 17. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside Roberto
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Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside Roberto Clemente High School on Sept. 17. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of
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Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school on Sept. 17. (Sept. 17, 2012)

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Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside Roberto
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Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside Roberto Clemente High School on Sept. 17. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of
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Striking Chicago public school teachers picket outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school on Sept. 17. (Sept. 17, 2012)

Public school teachers rallying at Chicago's Congress Plaza
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Public school teachers rallying at Chicago's Congress Plaza protest against billionaire Hyatt Hotel mogul Penny Pritzker, who is also a member of the Chicago Board of Education. (Sept. 13, 2012)

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