[caption id="attachment_108736" align="alignleft" width="215"] As the strike deadline approached, parents spent Sunday worrying about how much their children's education might suffer.[/caption]

Thousands of teachers walked off the job Monday in Chicago's first schools strike in 25 years, after union leaders announced that months-long negotiations had failed to resolve a contract dispute with school district officials by a midnight deadline.

The walkout in the nation's third-largest school district posed a tricky challenge for the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said he would push to end the strike quickly as officials figure...

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