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Negotiators have 'framework' to end Chicago strike

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis takes a break from negotiations with the Chicago Board of Education to make an unexpected appearance at a rally of thousands of public school teachers on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Chicago. Teachers walked off the job Monday for the first time in 25 years over issues that include pay raises, classroom conditions, job security and teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis takes a break from negotiations with the Chicago Board of Education to make an unexpected appearance at a rally of thousands of public school teachers on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Chicago. Teachers walked off the job Monday for the first time in 25 years over issues that include pay raises, classroom conditions, job security and teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

The president of the Chicago School Board says the district and the teachers union have agreed on a "framework" to end the nearly weeklong teachers strike.

After days of long negotiations, David Vitale said the "heavy lifting" is over. He expects students to return to class Monday.

Vitale would not say where each side compromised, and he stressed that union delegates still must vote to end the strike.

He said the agreement gives children the time they need in the classroom and teachers the respect they deserve.