Chicago Public Schools, CTU agree to tentative testing plan with vaccination deal also close, sources say

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union made progress in negotiations Wednesday night, but there is still no deal.

CPS tweeted late Wednesday that students should continue remote learning on Thursday. Friday is a non-attendance day for students.

In a document obtained by ABC7 from sources close to bargaining efforts, it appears CPS and CTU have reached a tentative agreement on testing and are close to an agreement to vaccinate 1,500 CTU members a week. The union is asking that the number increase as more supplies become available.

The two sides have not reached an agreement on health metrics that would trigger closing classrooms and accommodations for those who care for people with underlying health conditions.

CPS said it will extend the "cooling-off period" for a final time, until the end of the day on Thursday, to allow for more negotiations.

The update comes after the Black Community Collective held the first of series of Zoom meetings to discuss the impact of remote learning on Black children and possible solutions.

"Black education is literally the state of black America, and the state of black education right now, it's just, It's horrible," Willie Preston said.

The virtual meeting consisted of parents, community organizers and education activists.

"What we're seeing now in particular based on this pandemic is that Black families across the country are suffering our children are behind," Natasha Dunn said.

The group is calling on CPS students to be back in schools and that parents get a say at the decision-making table.

"I feel as though our voices deserve to be heard, should be heard, needs to be heard," said Janiyah Smith, a CPS parent.
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