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Teachers on strike in the Windy City

CHICAGO -- Thousands of teachers are on strike in the Windy city, and taxpayers are on the hook for it.

UPDATE: 6:30PM
CHICAGO -- Thousands of teachers are on strike in the Windy city, and taxpayers are on the hook for it.

Chicago public schools gets about two billion dollars from the state every year. That means about 35% of its overall funding comes out of your pockets.

The Illinois Policy Institute says we should expect more from the school system. Four of every ten kids who starts at a public high school there, won't graduate. Kristina Rasmussen says this strike needs to focus on creating real reform. She says everyone in Illinois should care about what happens in Chicago. 

"A lot of your money is going to Chicago for educational spending. If there's a failure there, it's a waste of your money and we can do better. And also, this is about Illinois pride. We want Chicago to have a great public school system, not a perpetually broken one that doesn't serve anyone well," she said.

This is the first time the Chicago Teachers Union has gone on strike in more than 25 years. Reports show the union and the district are getting closer to an agreement on pay. But, there are still other issues they need to hammer out.



ORIGINAL STORY:
CHICAGO -- Classes are on hold for about 350,000 public school students. Teachers are on strike for the first time in 25 years.

Their union was unable to reach a deal with school administrators. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been critical of the strike, saying students deserve better.

But, union board members are hitting back, calling the mayor "a huge disappointment." The district opened some schools Monday to give students a safe place to go and provided meals for kids in need.

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