Thousands of students staying home from school today, unable to go to class since their teachers are on strike.

FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper reports from outside a Chicago high school:

If the Chicago school board offers "A" and the teachers union wants "B"... what does "C" equal? In this case: A strike.

400,000 Chicago public school students affected. The sticking point, teacher evaluations and job security. The school district says they're close on pay and talks have resumed.

This art teacher tells FOX News Radio:

(Teacher) "I cannot wait to get back to work. I've got a lot of great projects that I want to do."

Churches, community centers and libraries are being offered as "safe havens" for children to hang out in until a deal is struck.

At Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago, Jennifer Keiper, FOX News Radio.

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