CTU leaders could set strike date today

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CHICAGO -- The House of Delegates for the Chicago Teachers Union will meet today, and could set a date for a strike.

The union is planning to hold a strike authorization vote.

At least 75 percent of its members would need to vote in favor of a strike, for there to be one.

Some union leaders want teachers to walk off the job next month, if a deal can't be reached by then.

Teachers have been working without a contract since last summer.

Both sides return to the negotiation table Thursday.

The meeting comes on the same day Chicago Public Schools released its first-ever progress report on the district.

The CPS freshman on-track rate rose from 84.1 percent in 2015 to 87.4 percent in 2016, which is a record high for the district.  The figure is said to be strong indicator of future graduation rates.

The district’s attendance rate was 93.4 percent in 2016, also a record high for CPS.

CPS showed a steady decline in the dropout rate from 11.2 percent in 2011 to 6.8 percent this year.