On September 10, 2012, the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike over teacher contracts, taking more than 26,000 teachers and 350,000 students out of the classroom.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed increasing the length of the school day with elementary schools going from five hours and 45 minutes to seven hours, and high schools adding a half-hour to their current seven-hour day. He also proposed giving teachers a two percent pay increase a year for four years.
The CTU countered with a 30 percent increase over two years. Additionally, they were unhappy with the proposed teacher evaluation methods that weighed heavily on student standardized test scores.
The strike ended on September 19, after seven school days. The agreement reached saw Chicago teachers getting a 16 percent raise over a four-year period. Emmanuel authorized the hiring of 447 new teachers to ensure that no teachers had to work longer.
In March of 2013, Chicago announced they would close 61 school buildings and cut 54 school programs due to lack of enrollment and poor performance. Emanuel's hope is to boost achievement and minimize their over $1 billion dollar budget deficit.
In both instances, a massive amount of teachers took to the streets to protest. Click through the gallery to see where else teachers and students came out in the masses to protest education policy.
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