The Latest: No class for 9th day as Chicago teachers strike



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CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a strike by Chicago teachers (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The nation's third-largest school district is canceling classes Tuesday, marking the ninth day of a strike by Chicago teachers.

Chicago Public Schools officials announced the decision on Monday afternoon.

The district and the Chicago Teachers Union reported some progress late last week but talks stalled over the weekend, keeping classrooms closed for more than 300,000 students.

Both sides signaled Monday that they remain at odds over demands for smaller classes and more staff.

More than 25,000 teachers walked out of schools starting on Oct. 17. The walkout has surpassed the length of a 2012 teachers' strike.

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11:10 a.m.

A teachers' strike has cancelled classes for an eighth day in Chicago, hours after the school district announced a tentative agreement with a separate union representing thousands of school support staff.

The district and the Chicago Teachers Union reported some progress late last week but talks stalled over the weekend.

Both sides say they remain at odds over demands for smaller class sizes and more staff.

Officials for the union representing 7,500 staff members, including security guards and classroom aides, said Sunday that they won't be returning to work until striking teachers do.

Details of the tentative agreement between the district and the Service Employees International Union have not been released.

A union spokesman hasn't replied to a message Monday asking when members will vote on the offer.

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