Thousands of teachers are on strike in Chicago after the teachers union and the city's education officials failed to reach an agreement on contract negotiations by midnight last night.
Teachers have been in talks with officials in the city administration of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for months now over wages and job security.
The strike comes just as the new school year kicks in. It's expected to impact hundreds of thousands of students and families.
Becky Vevea is an education reporter for Chicago Public radio. She's outside the Blaine school on Chicago's north side where a pickett line has formed.