Talks Continue, Teachers Downplay Chances of Quick Settlement

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CHICAGO (AP) - Negotiators are back at the bargaining table on the third day of the Chicago teachers' strike.

Union officials are continuing to play down the chances of a quick resolution to the dispute, which centers on a new evaluation process for teachers, and a policy on rehiring teachers that have been laid off.

Before the talks resumed today, a top negotiator for the district criticized teachers union president Karen Lewis for using the word "silly" to describe the negotiations to a crowd of teachers yesterday.

Negotiator Barbara Byrd-Bennett says the negotiations are "incredibly serious."

The union chief says teachers have made "quite a few" compromises, and that it's time for the school system to make some.

Nearly 150 schools have remained open for students to get free breakfast and a morning of supervision. Starting tomorrow, they will be open for six hours a day, rather than four.

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