Chicago teachers will decide Sunday whether to end a strike that has paralyzed the nation’s third-largest public school system and left hundreds of thousands of students out of class for a week.
Representatives from the teachers’ bargaining team plan to share details about proposed contract language during a meeting in the afternoon.
“The earliest teachers and other school personnel could return to their schools could be Monday; however, no decision has been made to do so,” the teachers’ union said in a statement. “Delegates, the elected leaders of their schools, have the authority to suspend or lengthen the strike. They could also ask for at least 24-hours to talk to individual members in their schools before making a decision on what to do next.”
Supporters of the Chicago Teachers Union rallied Saturday for a sixth day of a strike, which has shut down the city’s schools even as a deal with the school board was in the works. Parents and students joined the strike Saturday to show solidarity.
“I am willing to stand by my teachers’ side for as long as it takes,” high school student Angela Casa told the crowd. “Through this whole journey, they are keeping their heads up for us.”
Both sides expressed optimism that students could return to school Monday, but made it clear that a deal has not been made.
“We don’t have an agreement, we have a framework for an agreement,” union President Karen Lewis said.
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