Rahm Emanuel speaks at a press conference 18 September 2012
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Rahm Emanuel: Chicago strike end 'honest compromise'

Chicago school teachers have voted to suspend a strike, ending a seven-day action that affected more than 350,000 students.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called the settlement that led to the end of the strike an "honest compromise" and halied the beginning of a longer school day.

"Because of the past contracts, teachers and principals had to make false choices about where they spent their time," Mr Emanuel said.

"This contract is a break with past practices and brings a fundamental change that benefits our children."