Emanuel looks to courts to end walkout
CHICAGO (AP) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appeal to the courts to end a six-day Chicago teachers strike set off a new round of recriminations Monday but did not appear to be leading to a quick resolution of the walkout that has left parents hunting for options for 350,000 students.
City attorneys asked a Cook County Circuit Court judge for an injunction Monday morning that would force teachers back into the classroom and end an acrimonious standoff with the nation’s third-largest school district. The suit claims that the strike violates state law because it threatens the safety of children and is based on issues other than pay and benefits.
But Judge Peter Flynn did not grant the city an immediate hearing, instead scheduling one for Wednesday morning, said Sarah Hamilton, Emanuel’s spokeswoman. That would be a day after Chicago Teachers Union delegates are scheduled to vote again on whether to suspend the strike.
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