Chicago teachers strike in bitter contract dispute

September 11, 2012
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Public school teachers picket outside Amundsen High School in Chicago on the first day of a strike by the Chicago Teachers Union, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. The school is one of more than 140 schools in the Chicago Public Schools' "Children First" contingency plan, which feeds and houses students for four hours during the strike. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

CHICAGO (AP) — The union representing Chicago's striking teachers says no progress has been made on the most contentious contract issues because the district didn't submit any new offers.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said the school board didn't budge on proposals involving performance evaluations and recall rights for laid-off teachers.

That means students will be out of the classroom for the second day as teachers walk the picket lines for the first time in 25 years.

More than 26,000 teachers and support staff walked off the job Monday, forcing parents to scramble to find a place to send about 350,000 idle children. Thousands of teachers left picket lines in the afternoon to flood the Loop for a rally.

The strike has created an unwelcome political distraction for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.