In Strike's Wake, Chicago Faces Budget Questions
After teacher walkout ends, difficult decisions remain
Chicago teachers voted last week to suspend a 7-day-old strike, sending some 350,000 students back to the classroom and paving the way for the teaching force to vote on a tentative contract.
But for many in the Windy City, the contract has raised another potentially tall hurdle: how the cash-strapped district will manage to pay for it.
District officials estimate the agreement forged with the Chicago Teachers Union will cost $295 million over four years—cheaper than the two previous city teachers’ contracts, but nevertheless costly in a school district that estimates it will carry a $1 billion...
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