Chicago schools remained closed Friday as both sides reported progress in negotiations to end the now weeklong strike. School board president David Vitale emerged from talks after midnight Friday, saying it had been “another good day” of work in the talks, that they would be doing some “number crunching overnight,” and that it is “realistic” to expect a deal by 2 p.m. Friday. Teachers-union president Karen Lewis described the discussions as “ebb and flow,” but was optimistic about reaching Vitale’s deadline—which would hopefully open the doors for a Monday return to classes. Parents throughout the city are weary as the strike hit the five-day mark Friday, taking the news of progress with caution.
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