Chicago teachers were resigned to finishing this school week still on strike, but both sides in the labor dispute were pushing hard to reach a deal by Friday afternoon in hopes that more than 350,000 students could return to class on Monday.
Talks on Thursday went 15 hours before adjourning after midnight. Teachers union President Karen Lewis and school board President David Vitale told reporters there had been progress and that they were hoping to have a pact finished in time to get students back to class next week.
"We've got some number crunching to do overnight, and we’re going to be back here tomorrow and see if we can't finish this up," Vitale told reporters, according to the Chicago Tribune.
He said it was realistic to expect an agreement by Friday afternoon, when the union's House of Delegates is scheduled to meet. That group's approval would be needed before a proposed pact could be sent to the full membership for a ratification vote, which would come after students return.