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8:07 AM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
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CHICAGO -- Chicago teachers are uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer and have decided to remain on strike.

Union president Karen Lewis says they need more time before deciding whether to end an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will keep 350,000 students out of class for at least two more days.

Emanuel fired back Sunday night by instructing city attorneys to seek a court order forcing Chicago Teachers Union members back into the classroom. He says "This was a strike of choice and is now a delay of choice that is wrong for our children."

The union's 800-member House of Delegates told their leaders Sunday they needed more time to talk to the rank and file before ending the city's first teachers strike in 25 years.

Teachers had only a few hours to review a summary of a proposed settlement worked out over the weekend with district officials. They say it wasn't enough time to digest a complicated contract that addresses two issues: teacher evaluations and job security.

The union will meet again Tuesday.

(Associated Press)

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