Chicago Teachers’ Strike Enters 2nd Week

Students at Chicago Public Schools are not returning to class just yet.

Monday will be the eighth day of canceled classes because of the teacher’s strike, which has become the longest since 1987.

Bargaining talks went for 14 hours on Saturday, and on Sunday Chicago’s mayor said a tentative agreement had been reached.

But no deal was struck.

Both sides say talks have been productive—but there’s a disagreement over how much money stands between them.

CPS leaders say it’s a $100 million divide.

But the Chicago Teachers Union says it’s only $38 million, less than one percent of the district’s annual budget.

Union leaders said their latest proposal addresses class size, adequate staffing of nurses and social workers and fair wages for para-professionals.

There were no CPS teachers’ strikes between 1987 and 2012—and classes were out for seven days in 2012.