Chicago teachers, city cite progress in talks
Original article in The Wall Street Journal by Stephanie Banchero and Jason Dean.
CHICAGO—Teachers and city officials voiced optimism Thursday over contract talks, offering hope for a possible resolution to the strike that has halted classes for four days for some 350,000 students in the nation's third-largest district.
...Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis early Thursday rated chances of reaching a deal nine on a scale of one to ten. "We had what we think is pretty good movement" in Wednesday's talks, she said. "We hope we can tighten up some of that stuff we talked about yesterday and…work towards trying to get this thing done." ...
The district also agreed to base 30% to 35% of the evaluation on student test scores, instead of the 40% it had been seeking earlier, but wants to create a committee of teacher and district officials that could boost the number to 40% in the 2016-17 school year.
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