CTU lawyer: “We are working out details of contract now”

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The week-long Chicago teachers strike may be coming to an end.

CTU President Karen Lewis said that the union has worked out a “framework” with the school district. While she feels “extremely comfortable” with the framework, she says  she will wait to present it to delegates until she has it in writing.

On Sunday, she says the delegates will vote on whether to suspend the strike. A House of Delegates is scheduled to meet on Sunday, though an exact time has not been set. 

CTU officials refused to give any details of the tentative deal. 

However, a CPS source close to negotiations says it preserves principal discretion in hiring, the longer day and test scores to teacher evaluation.  Principal discretion in hiring became a key issue as the union fought for some degree of preference to be given to displaced teachers.

At about 1 p.m. on Friday, Chicago Teachers Union lawyer Robert Bloch  announced that movement had been made. “We are working out details of a contract now. We will present a report to delegates this afternoon and then have another meeting on Sunday, where we expect they will approve a deal.”

“The logjam has been broken,” Bloch said.

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