Chicago students return to class as strike ends

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CHICAGO (AP) – At the end of a bitter showdown with striking teachers, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago’s longer school day will mean an end to what he described as the “shortchanging” of the city’s school children. He was speaking to reporters on the first day back to class after the seven-day strike.

Hundreds of thousands of Chicago public school students have returned to class today.

The strike in the nation’s third-largest school district idled its roughly 350,000 students and left many parents scrambling to arrange alternative care for their children.

Some parents expressed hope today that the tentative contract agreement will benefit students in a district grappling with high dropout rates and poor performance.

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