Chicago mayor: Schools deal an 'honest compromise'

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Associated Press

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 18 at 7:01 PM

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling the tentative agreement that led to the end of the city's teacher's strike "an honest compromise."

Emanuel told a Tuesday evening news conference that union delegate's decision to suspend the seven-day strike after hearing details of the proposed deal a "new day" for the city's schools.

Emanuel had called the walkout a "strike of choice" and pushed for a quick resolution after parents were forced to find alternatives for about 350,000 students. He went to court to try to force teachers back to class, with city attorneys contending the strike was an illegal act that presented a danger to the health and safety of the district's students.

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