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At least 350,000 children have been left unable to attend school for the second day as an estimated 26,000 teachers walked out of 675 schools in the Chicago area yesterday (Monday).
The strike follows more than a year of slow, contentious negotiations over salary, health benefits and job security after the school board unanimously voted last year to cancel teachers' 4 percent pay hike in the final year of their contract.
Chicago Police have reportedly enlisted all officers to patrol the streets due to the thousands of unsupervised children not in school.
Officials met last night in an attempt to broker a deal, however a resolution could not be met. Despite this, School board President David Vitale, has said that he believes a deal will be reached soon.