Chicago teachers’ strike nears end as City Hall and union close on deal

From the Guardian
in Chicago
guardian.co.uk,

After months of deadlock and four days of strike action, Chicago teachers appeared on Thursday to be close to a deal with City Hall which would have children back to school by the beginning of next week.

Tuesday’s deadlock appears to have been broken after Chicago Public Schools officials offered a revised contract, conceding several key points regarding teacher evaluations.

Union negotiators who claimed on Tuesday that CPS claims of being close to a deal were “lunacy” left talks on Wednesday night very upbeat. Asked to use a scale of one to 10 regarding the chances of a deal being reached on Thursday, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said: “I’m a nine.”

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