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LIVE UPDATES: Lightfoot reads to kids as union, CPS resume contract talk

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9:44 a.m. Lightfoot reads to kids at Kennicott Park

While negotiations between CTU and CPS are scheduled to be underway on the Near West Side, Mayor Lori Lightfoot made an appearance at Kennicott Park, one of nearly 700 contingency sites hosting the hundreds of thousands of CPS students out of school for a 10th day on Wednesday.

The mayor reads CPS students “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” about a little girl who wants to become a teacher.
Stefano Esposito/Sun-Times

Stefano Esposito

9:38 a.m. CTU members at Malcolm X College for scheduled contract talks

Negotiations were scheduled to resume at 8 or 9 a.m. Wednesday at Malcolm X College. Neither side returned phone calls Wednesday morning seeking to confirm contract talks were underway.

About 20 CTU members could be seen in a first floor conference room. When asked for a status update, one simply said “We’re here.”

CTU members in Malcolm X College.
About 20 CTU members could be seen in a first floor conference room at Malcolm X as negotiations were set to resume Oct. 30, 2019 in the ongoing teacher strike.
Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

Mitch Dudek

9:29 a.m. A possible loophole for CPS athletes

The Illinois High School Association’s bylaws do allow for football teams to practice during a teachers strike.

The practices must be approved by the local board of education, in this case Chicago Public Schools, as well as school administrators. The practices must be conducted by coaches that meet the IHSA’s qualification of coaches bylaw, which is below.

Several of the 19 teams, including Phillips, Taft, Payton and Kenwood have non-Chicago Teachers Union coaches that meet that criteria. It’s possible not all the teams have coaches that could step in.

Payton football coach George Klupchak began drawing attention to the possibility on Twitter on Tuesday night.

Michael O’Brien has the bylaws and an explanation of what this could mean for CPS athletes.

7:43 a.m. Not a great day to picket

As teachers gather for a 10th day outside the schools where they work, they face grueling conditions Wednesday as wet snow has triggered a winter weather advisory in effect until 10 a.m.

6:26 a.m. Chicago teachers return to the picket line

Chicago teachers are carrying on with their strike while they consider Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s latest contract proposal, meaning 300,000 students are missing their 10th day of classes today.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot hand-delivered her new proposal Tuesday afternoon to the top leaders of the CTU — an offer that included $15 million more than the $485 million she had offered previously — in an effort to end the strike that has roiled the city for nearly two weeks. But the mayor and the union officials walked out of their second City Hall meeting of the day without a tentative agreement ahead of the delegates’ meeting.

In a bargaining update distributed to members around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, the teachers union cited victories including additional pay for paraprofessionals and new increases for veteran teachers, but said “significant issues are still unresolved, including the union’s demand for a three-year contract; increases in prep time, especially for elementary teachers; and the district’s push for more standardized testing.”

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