Obama says end of teachers strike is welcomed

September 19, 2012

The Associated Press

President Barack Obama is welcoming the end of a seven-day teachers strike in his hometown.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that Obama "welcomes resolution to the dispute" and that Chicago children have returned to class.

About 350,000 students are in school after a teacher walkout over contract negotiations.

The Chicago Teachers Union called the strike off Tuesday. Some 25,000 teachers had been picketing at schools citywide. Their top issues were job security and new teacher evaluations that incorporate student test scores as a measure.

The strike also prompted Obama's former chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to take court action to try and force teachers back into the class. But that's now moot. Arguments were scheduled to be heard Wednesday but children were already back in school.