The Chicago Teachers Union has reached a tentative agreement with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to reopen the city’s schools to one-to-one classes, according to one person aware of the situation.
When final, the deal would avert a strike that threatened to disrupt classes for students in the country’s third largest district.
The deal has yet to be approved by union members. The union is expected to meet their base on Sunday afternoon, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the union did not want the agreement published until members had a chance to see it.
The Chicago Tribune reported the existence of the deal on Sunday morning. Shortly thereafter, the union posted on Twitter: “We don’t have an agreement with the Chicago Public Schools. The mayor and her team made an offer to our members yesterday evening that requires further review. We will continue our democratic process of simple scrutiny throughout the day before an agreement is reached. “
Mayor Lightfoot and the union were embroiled in one of the most intense reopening battles in the country. The mayor has argued that the city’s most vulnerable students needed the opportunity to return to school in person, while the union condemned the city’s reopening plan as unsafe.
A similar battle is underway in Philadelphia, where pre-school through second grade teachers are due to report to school buildings on Monday in preparation for the return of students on February 22nd. The teachers’ union there has advised its members to continue working remotely. It was not yet safe to return to school buildings.