Speaking to reporters today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney noted that President Obama had not taken sides in the controversial teacher’s strike in Chicago.

“It’s our view that the sides on this dispute in Chicago can and should work it out,” Carney said adding that “the interests of Chicago’s children that must be preeminent as they work it out.”

When asked by ABC’s Jake Tapper if it was fair to characterize the White House as “neutral” on the strike, Carney reiterated that the White House wasn’t choosing sides.