Shortly before midnight Monday Chicago Teacher Union President Karen Lewis announces a tentative contract agreement with the school board WMAQ-TV

Shortly before midnight Monday, Chicago Teacher Union President Karen Lewis announces a tentative contract agreement with the school board.

With 11th-hour agreement, Chicago averts teachers strike

Tentative 4-year deal means classes will go on without interruption.

With a strike deadline looming, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union reached a tentative agreement late Monday night on a four-year contract.

WMAQ-TV reports that union president Karen Lewis announced a four-year agreement, retroactive to last year, shortly before midnight, when the district's teachers were set to begin a strike.

The tentative agreement means that classes were able to go on as scheduled on Tuesday. The proposed contract still must receive approval from the union's membership.

The Chicago Sun-Times says under the agreement, in years two, three and four, teachers will receive the raises for added experience and education known as steps and lanes; the district had suspended those during negotiations.

Cost of living raises of 2 percent and then 2.5 percent also are forthcoming in the third and fourth years of the deal, Lewis says. Teachers are in year two of the agreement; the previous contract expired in June 2015.

The district also has agreed to lower the student-teacher ratio in kindergarten to second-grade classrooms with teaching assistants.

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