Union: Expect healthy debate at teachers meeting

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Photo caption: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, left, listens to CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey speak at a press conference following a meeting of delegates Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 in Chicago. The Chicago teachers union decided Sunday to continue its weeklong strike, extending an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security provisions central to the debate over the future of public education across the United States. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

CHICAGO (AP) — The president of the Chicago Teachers Union says don’t expect a quick decision when union delegates gather Tuesday to decide whether to end a seven-day strike.

Karen Lewis tells WBEZ Radio that teachers still have a lot of questions and she expects a healthy debate at the meeting scheduled for 3 p.m.

Lewis says it’s going to take a while for some delegates to feel comfortable with the provisions of a proposed contract settlement. But she says the teachers who felt adamant about not ending the strike until they see the details now have them.

The teachers walked out last week over issues including how they are evaluated and job security. More than 350,000 students have been out of class.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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