CPS strike plan: Graduation will happen, final exams won’t

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CHICAGO -- CPS is developing a contingency plan for the end of the year if teachers go on strike. Graduation will go on as scheduled but there will be no final exams.

Both the Chicago Teachers Union and the district say they are committed to reaching a deal. 

CPS released a statement saying:

Our objective is to do everything possible to reach a final deal with the CTU and prevent a strike, and we believe we can because an independent third party recommended an agreement that the CTU leadership negotiated and agreed to earlier this year.

The only reason that schools could close early is if the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union strikes before the end of the school year. If we are unable to achieve a deal, CPS has begun developing contingency plans so that students can graduate if the CTU leadership launches a strike.

In a letter sent to principals, district officials said final exams would be cancelled but graduation ceremonies would go on as planned and would be staffed by nonunion employees.

CTU Vice-President Jesse Sharkey called the move a "scare tactic."

Teachers held a one-day strike on April first to call attention to the district's funding crisis.  

After rejecting the contract recommendations in an independent fact finding report, teachers could legally walk off the job as early as May.

Negotiations will resume on Thursday. 

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