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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel scores victory with end of teacher's strike.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel shook hands with parents and greeted students as they returned to class after a suspension of the teacher's strike.
\"This is an exciting day,\" Emanuel at Frederic Chopin Elementary School said. \"It is a better value for taxpayers - paying less, getting more.\"
The mayor, who had previously ordered his general counsel to file for an injunction to end the strike last week, called the tentative teacher contract an \"honest compromise.\"
School districts across the U.S. have been watching the strike with a high degree of interest. The deal still needs approval from the union, and both sides are expected to wind up giving some and taking some.
The contract includes a seven percent salary increase over three years and a deal where 30 percent of teacher evaluations are based on test scores. While principals will retain hiring power, one-half of new hires must come from a pool of laid-off teachers.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.