Teachers again rally in downtown Chicago

September 13, 2012

The Associated Press

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Thousands of public school teachers marched through downtown Chicago on the fourth day of a strike.

The crowd on Thursday afternoon included marching bands and protesters carrying balloons and Chicago flags. Protesters included high school history teacher Anthony Smith. He says the most important issue to him is fairness and says he wants his school to receive the same resources as charter schools.

The marchers were making their way down Chicago's Michigan Avenue. Chicago Teachers Union members went on strike Monday, leaving about 350,000 students out of classes. On Thursday union President Karen Lewis said she was optimistic but both sides were still "hammering things out." The union said classes would not resume Friday and it planned a labor rally for Saturday.