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September 12th, 2012
08:12 AM ET

Casey Wian on Chicago teachers strike: 'there is good news for parents'

The Chicago teachers strike continues with a second day of negotiations between Chicago's school board and its public school teachers ending with neither side expressing an agreement was near.

The union, which represents nearly 30,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third-largest school district, called the strike Sunday night over issues like teacher evaluations and benefits.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said that educators had chosen to participate in an unnecessary strike, which is “the wrong choice” for the 350,000 children affected.

CNN’s Casey Wian says despite the fact the school district and union have not been able to come to terms, “there is good news for parents.” The school sites that were made available for temporary child care “will start being open for six hours beginning tomorrow.” Previously the facilities were open for only four hours. These sites will be able to hold roughly 150,000 students displaced by the strike.

Talks are set to start again Wednesday.

– Casey Wian reports.

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