Chicago Teachers Prepared to Strike; Union Reviews New Offer

The president of the Chicago Teachers Union said late Monday the union was reviewing a new contract proposal from Chicago Public Schools, but it was too early to say if it would be enough to avert a Tuesday morning strike in the nation’s third-largest school district.

Union President Karen Lewis described the offer as “significantly better” than the one the financially struggling CPS made and the union rejected earlier this year. She declined to outline the proposal, but said the district had addressed a lot of the issues the union has raised.

The CTU has directed its roughly 28,000 members to report to picket lines Tuesday morning unless they hear otherwise from union negotiators, who have said negotiations could continue until midnight.

All 652 schools will be open during normal school hours for the district’s 400,000 students if there is a strike, CPS said. It would be the…

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