Chicago schools to close as teachers launch one-day strike
CHICAGO- Picket lines and protests will likely meet students and parents who show up at Chicago school buildings Friday.
Teachers in the nation's third-largest district are launching an unprecedented one-day strike. They say it's aimed at getting lawmakers to adequately fund education and other programs.
The walkout will close schools for nearly 400,000 students who will have the option of spending the day at one of the "contingency sites" Chicago Public Schools is opening at churches, libraries and school buildings.
The Chicago Teachers Union last went on strike in 2012, shutting down schools for more than a week before reaching an agreement with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. That contract expired in June.
Friday's action could foreshadow a longer strike over a new contract, which by law can't occur for several weeks.