Union president Karen Lewis said the House of Delegates were told Friday afternoon that the union had reached a "framework for an agreement with the Board of Education."
Lewis did not summarize the tentative agreement for the delegates at their two-hour meeting Friday because she wants to wait until the final contract language is hammered out.
"We don't have a contract yet," Lewis said, adding that the strike is still on.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement saying, in part: "This tentative framework is an honest and principled compromise that is about who we all work for: our students."
Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean Jean-Claude Brizard issued a statement Friday evening: "We have a framework in place for a fair agreement that we believe is good for our teachers, students and taxpayers and look forward to our kids getting back to the classroom."
School officials tell WGN that some of the agreement's terms include:
- Full length of year remains
- Full length of day remains
- Principal freedom to hire their own teachers
- Parental choice
- Evaluation system updated for first time in 40 years to exceed state standards and student test scores count in evaluations
- Teachers could receive 16 percent raise over 4 years.
On Saturday, thousands of union members are expected to show up for a solidarity rally at Union Park.
On Sunday, the House of Delegates will meet again to hear the details of the proposed agreement. At that time, they will not vote on the actual contract. However, they will vote on whether or not to suspend the strike.
If a majority of the 800 members of the House of Delegates vote to suspend the strike, students will be back in school Monday.
School board president David Vitale said parents should be prepared to have their children in school on Monday.“I’m pleased to tell you that we have in place the framework around the major issues," Vitale said. “We have more work to do here. The heavy lifting is over. The general framework is in place.”