September 10th, 2012
12:48 PM ET

What are the key issues in the Chicago public school strike?

(CNN) Chicago public school teachers began manning picket lines instead of classrooms Monday, launching the first teacher strike in the city in 25 years.

The strike, announced Sunday night, left about 350,000 students without schools to attend and parents scrambling to find alternatives. The union that represents nearly 30,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third-largest school district called the strike after negotiators failed to reach a contract agreement with school administrators despite 10 months of negotiations.

Below, we break down the key issues that are keeping the teachers out of the classroom, what the teachers are asking for and what the schools are willing to offer.

Compensation and health care benefits

One of the key issues is salaries and benefits for teachers and their families.

What the teachers want: to maintain their existing health benefits, as well as salary increases.

"Recognizing the Board’s fiscal woes, we are not far apart on compensation,"  the Chicago Teachers Union said in a news release. "However, we are apart on benefits."

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  1. Jenna

    I think that teachers have a very important job. Without teachers, Children wouldn't get the education they need. The teachers deserve higher salaries and healthcare benefits because they are building the foundation of todays students for a better tomorrow.

    September 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  2. Akiba

    Tommy Roff, do u know the implication of sacking all teachers at once?

    September 11, 2012 at 7:27 am |
  3. Tommy Roff

    FIRE 'EM ALL......... RIGHT NOW!!!

    September 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm |