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10:17am

Tue September 18, 2012
The Two-Way

After Seven Days, Chicago Teachers Vote To Suspend Strike

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 5:43 am

Teacher Patty Westcott pickets outside Clissold Elementary School in Chicago on Tuesday.
M. Spencer Green AP

Update at 6:15 p.m. ET. Strike Suspended:

Chicago teachers voted to suspend a strike that had gone into its seventh day today.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that means that 350,000 students in the nation's third-largest school district will return to classrooms this week.

The AP reports:

"The union's House of Delegates voted Tuesday to suspend the strike after learning details of a tentative contract agreement.

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10:30am

Mon September 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Chicago's Mayor Emanuel Asks Court To Order Teachers Back To School

Striking Chicago public school teachers outside of George Westinghouse College Prep high school earlier today.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Following through on what he said he would do if the city's teachers didn't end their week-old strike and return to their classrooms, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked a judge to intervene.

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5:31am

Mon September 17, 2012
Around the Nation

Chicago's O'Hare Needs Help Clearing Brush

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 7:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with a job opening at Chicago's O'Hare airport. Wanted: One herder with a flock of sheep, or goats are OK too. The Sun Times reports that O'Hare is looking for 25 grazing animals to clear out overgrown bushes surrounding the airport. Those bushes attract birds, which are dangerous to aircraft. O'Hare requires the herder to bring a mobile electronic fence to keep his herd off the runway, though apparently a shepherd's crook is optional. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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7:11am

Sun September 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Chicago Teachers To Meet About New Contract, Possibly End Strike

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 8:37 pm

Striking Chicago teachers and their supporters attend a rally at Union Park Saturday in Chicago.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Update at 8:03 p.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wills seek a court order to end the teachers strike, and that the strike is illegal under state law.

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5:52am

Sat September 15, 2012
Around the Nation

Chicago Teachers Rally With Deal In The Works

Originally published on Sat September 15, 2012 8:55 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The Chicago Teachers Union and city school officials have reportedly reached what they call a framework for an agreement that would end a five-day teacher strike. The walkout has shut down school for 350,000 students this week. They could be back in class as early as Monday.

We're joined now by NPR education correspondent Claudio Sanchez. Claudio, thanks for being with us.

CLAUDIO SANCHEZ, BYLINE: Good to be here.

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