- Chicago Public Schools were closed Monday as around 29,000 teachers and support staff took part in the third largest school district in the nation's strike over reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and endorsed by President Barack Obama's administration.
- Parents of 350,000 students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school scrambled to find an alternative as churches, community centers, some schools and other public facilities prepared early Monday for their part in a $25 million strike "contingency plan," which the union called a "train wreck."
- According to School Board President David Vitale, Chicago offered teachers a raise of 3% this year, followed by an annual raise of 2% for the following three years and amounting to an average raise of 16% over the proposed contract's duration.
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - School was out in Chicago on Monday and parents scrambled for child care after public school teachers staged the first strike in a quarter century over reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and endorsed by President Barack Obama's administration. ...