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Members of the Chicago Teachers Union distribute strike signage at the union’s strike headquarters on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Chicago. The union vowed to strike on Monday if there was still no agreement over teachers’ contracts with Chicago Public Schools by then. The uncertainty of whether there would be classes has left parents fuming. (Associated Press)

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