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Chicago Teachers, Students Heading Back to School

Chicago teachers vote to end strike. CTU full membership will vote on the framework for an agreement in the upcoming weeks.

Chicago's striking teachers will head back to school today after the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates voted to suspend their strike while members consider an agreement framework.

"All of our members are glad to be back with their kids," the Chicago Tribune quoted CTU President Karen Lewis as saying after the decision. "It’s a hard decision to make to go out, and for some people it's hard to make the decision to go back in."

CTU's members still must vote on the agreement framework, which has been recommended by union leaders.

AFT President Randi Weingarten says in the upcoming weeks, the full CTU membership will vote on the tentative agreement negotiated between the union and Chicago Public Schools.

Weingarten says:

This agreement guarantees that Chicago teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians will return to the classroom knowing that their schools and community are strengthened because their voices and experience have been respected. And parents can send their kids to school knowing that their teachers fought for the resources children need to succeed, including having textbooks on time and investments in art, music, physical education and other subjects that expand and enrich children’s minds. "This tentative agreement follows intense negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the district. And it was forged amid a backdrop that saw a broad cross section of parents and other Chicagoans join teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians in calling for a fair, substantive contract that gives educators and students the tools they need to succeed. That’s what this strike was always about....

It was heartening to see the level of support for CTU members from parents and community members who share the simple yet powerful belief that education is more than tests and test prep, and that the people who educate our children should be respected and involved in decisions affecting what goes on in our schools.

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