Negotiators for striking Chicago teachers and the school board returned to the bargaining table Saturday after a four-day stalemate canceled the first week of school, but union officials were pessimistic about ending the walkout soon.
Teachers also returned to the bargaining table in Detroit, after a circuit judge ordered a negotiating session to begin Saturday.
The Chicago strike, the school system's ninth in 18 years, is "not going to be solved this weekend," said Jacqueline Vaughn, head of the Chicago Teachers Union.
The walkout began Tuesday and forced school officials to cancel the first week of classes in the nation's third-largest school district, affecting 430,000 students.
Chicago teachers want a two-year contract with a 10% pay raise the first year and 5% the second.
The school board says it has no money for raises unless the General Assembly restores funds promised to Chicago schools last year.