Students are out of school for the third school day now after weekend negotiations between the teacher's union and the city failed to reach an agreement. Picketing began again today at all Chicago Public Schools at 6:30 this morning, and negotiations began at 9:30.
Both sides say some progress has been made in a couple of key areas, including class sizes, staffing needs, and equity for homeless students. CTU leaders say the city has made verbal commitments but they're waiting for written offers. Negotiations are still focused on disputes over payment, and special programs to better meet the developmental needs of Chicago's children.