By MONICA DAVEY and STEVEN YACCINO
CHICAGO ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â The Chicago Teachers Union agreed on Tuesday to end its strike in the nationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s third-largest school system, allowing 350,000 children to return to classes on Wednesday after seven days with no school.
The announcement came after 800 union delegates from schools across the city met for two hours behind closed doors to debate a proposed contract. The tentative deal, drafted by negotiators for the teachers and the city, hit snags earlier in the week as union delegates complained that they had not had sufficient time to digest it and, in some cases, did not like what it said. On Tuesday, the delegates voted by what two delegates described as an overwhelming majority to lift the strike, though the contract still requires ratification in a vote by the unionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 26,000 members.
While a halt to the teachersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ strike, this cityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s first in a quarter century, may end the immediate, local contract fight over job security, teacher evaluations, pay and working conditions, the episode brought to the forefront larger questions, still unanswered, about the philosophical direction of public education, a national agenda for change, and the potency of unions… Read More