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September 19th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Chicago teachers strike ends but the Union is still expected to make ratifications – CNN's Kyung Lah reports

Wednesday 350,000 students are expected to return to school after Chicago public school teachers voted overwhelmingly to end their strike. The walkout which lasted seven days left parents scrambling to make provisions for their children.

Although Union delegates accepted a new contract, the agreement is still expected to be ratified by the more than 29,000 teachers and support staff. About 800 union officers and delegates met for just over two hours before deciding to suspend the walkout.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who filed an injunction to end the strike said the new contract is "an honest compromise." Some of the new provisions mean longer days for students and children entering kindergarten would receive 2 1/2 more years of instruction by the time he or she graduated.

– CNN's Kyung Lah reports

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