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updated: 9/12/2012 6:46 PM

Jackson: No urgency among strikers, school execs

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Associated Press

The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with both sides of the Chicago teachers strike and concluded a sense of urgency to settle the dispute does not exist among the negotiators as it does on the city's streets.

Jackson said Wednesday he told leaders of the both the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools that if it means meeting all night, then they should meet all night. He added there is a "standoff between both parties, who are quite dug in."

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The strike has canceled classes for more than 350,000 students.

Union officials continued to play down the chances of a quick resolution to the dispute, which centers on the district's proposed new teacher evaluation process and a policy on rehiring teachers that have been laid off.

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