Strike-ending deal will shape Chicago schools for years

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Embargo: Chicago, IL Almost 30,000 teachers and support staff are off the job today in Chicago, Illinois, after their union and school officials failed to reach a contract agreement. That leaves 400,000 students out of school.

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CHICAGO – Chicago teachers and students affected by an 11-day strike have returned to classrooms.

A tentative agreement that ended the walkout is expected to shape education in the nation’s third largest city for the next five years, including class size limits, additional social workers and nurses and support for homeless students.

The outlined agreement, though, shows both sides secured key victories and fell short on other priorities.

Experts said those details also will inform teachers’ unions and school districts as a national wave of activism by educators is expected to continue.

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