Chicago public school teachers have been on strike for more than a week. (Photo used under Creative Commons, Flickr user br5ad)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates is meeting to consider calling off the city's first teachers strike in 25 years.
Delegates on their way into the meeting seemed optimistic an end is in sight. Teachers have been reading over a tentative agreement for several days that includes pay raises and a new teacher evaluation system.
The meeting is to decide whether to call off the walkout, which entered a seventh day on Tuesday. Union members will decide on the contract later.
Elementary school teacher Tanya Ellis says she hopes the strike will end because she wants to get back to class. She says the contract isn't great, but it's not awful either.
Some 350,000 students have been out of class since last week.