Chicago Public Schools

Teachers union, Chicago school district reach contract deal

Chicago teachers and officials in the nation's third-largest school district reached a tentative agreement late Monday to avert a strike that would have affected about 400,000 students.

The Chicago Teachers Union said its members were prepared to walk off the job Tuesday morning for its second major strike since 2012, when teachers were out for seven school days. At issue during the negotiations, which stretched into a second year, were pension contributions, pay raises, staffing levels and classroom funding.

Union leaders said teachers did not want to strike, but were concerned about threats to reduce their pay and benefits, as well as "the overall impact of...