Chicago teachers are on strike today after failed negotiations for a new contract, leaving some 350,000 students out of school, the New York Times reports.
Teachers say the dispute is over wages, job security and teacher evaluations.
“We’re ready to stay out as long as it takes to get a fair contract and protect our schools,” said Steve Parsons, who teaches Advanced Placement psychology at Lane Tech College Prep on Chicago’s North Side.
Not all of the students were pleased about classes being cancelled, as many students went to school in support of the teachers.
The Chicago school district is the third-largest in the nation. Negotiations have since resumed, but a deal has yet to be reached.
Read the full story here: Teacher Strike Begins in Chicago, Amid Signs That Deal Isn’t Close