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Chicago teacher Alma Hill walks a picket line Sept. 10, 2012, outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School after city teachers went on strike for the first time in 25 years. Union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite intense weekend negotiations. (Associated Press)
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Chicago teacher Alma Hill walks a picket line Sept. 10, 2012, outside Benjamin Banneker Elementary School after city teachers went on strike for the first time in 25 years. Union and district officials failed to reach a contract agreement despite intense weekend negotiations. (Associated Press)

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