Union Leader: Chicago Students In Class Wednesday

Chicago's teachers union leader says hundreds of thousands of students will return to classrooms Wednesday after delegates overwhelmingly voted to suspend a seven-day teachers strike.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told a Tuesday evening news conference that the union's House of Delegates voted about 98 percent in favor of ending the strike after hearing details of a tentative contract agreement. She says some members remained unhappy with some of the economic terms of the proposal.

Lewis says union leaders recognized they "couldn't solve all the problems of the world with one contract and it was time to end the strike."

The teachers walked out last week over issues including evaluations and job security and students have been out of school for seven days.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling the tentative agreement that led to the end of the city's teacher's strike "an honest compromise."

Emanuel told a Tuesday evening news conference that union delegate's decision to suspend the seven-day strike after hearing details of the proposed deal a "new day" for the city's schools.

Emanuel had called the walkout a "strike of choice" and pushed for a quick resolution after parents were forced to find alternatives for about 350,000 students. He went to court to try to force teachers back to class, with city attorneys contending the strike was an illegal act that presented a danger to the health and safety of the district's students.


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