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Chicago Public Schools Cancels Class For 9th Day as Strike Continues

Chicago Public Schools students will miss a ninth straight day of class on Tuesday as contract negotiations to end the Chicago Teachers Union strike continue. 

CPS made the announcement late Monday afternoon. 

The two sides have cited progress made in negotiations in recent days, but remain apart on several key issues including class size, staffing and teacher preparation time. 

CTU President Jesse Sharkey said Monday night that CTU was prepared to bring in its House of Delegates for a vote if CPS made a serious offer. 

The city's latest offer is $38 million short of what the union is seeking in its most recent proposal. However, CPS chief operating officer Arnie Rivera says the difference in the proposals discussed by the two sides Saturday is closer to $100 million on an annualized basis.

At a news conference on Monday night, CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said the union's researchers found the city has transferred almost $100 million of costs which were previously in the city budget to the CPS budget.

"So, we found $100 million,” Davis Gates said. “We need $38 million of it.”

Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade said that the district was offering a fair contract that goes toward providing what students need for an equitable education. But she says the district must be financially responsible.

On Sunday night, the city announced Service Employees International Union Local 73, a union representing support staff, was reviewing the final terms of a potential agreement. Dian Palmer, president of SEIU Local 73, said that SEIU was standing in solidarity with CTU. 

"It takes a whole package to educate our kids, not just teachers... security or custodians," she said. "It takes everybody." 

Teachers went on strike Oct. 17, canceling school for more than 300,000 students.

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