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(Chicago Tribune) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked Chicago Public Schools board drew a battle line between the new administration and the teachers union with its first official act when it voted Wednesday to rescind the 4 percent annual raise due to teachers and other school union members.  The board’s unanimous vote, allowed under a provision of the contract that is set to expire in 2012, saves an estimated $100 million as the city’s public schools confront a deficit now pegged at $712 million for the coming year.  ut Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said the union would seek to negotiate the decision to stop the raises from going into effect. If that fails, union leaders could reopen the entire contract — a move that could allow the district to fast-track plans for a longer school day and year for city schoolchildren.

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