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Union: Chicago Teachers Receive District's 'Serious Offer'

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The Chicago Teachers Union says it'll consider a “serious offer'' from the nation's third-largest school district by taking the contract proposal to a team of negotiators.

The news announced Thursday evening could signal a step forward in negotiations that have gone on more than a year.

CTU President Karen Lewis says a 40-member committee will convene Monday and deliberate.

Neither side released details of the office.

Union officials say the “basic framework'' calls for economic concessions in exchange for “enforceable protections'' of education quality and job security.

In a statement Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool says the “true compromise'' offer would prevent midyear teacher layoffs.

Negotiators have said talks picked up since top Illinois Republicans proposed legislation allowing for a state takeover of Chicago schools.

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