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Chicago Board of Education, Teachers Union reject contract fact finder report

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Both the Chicago school board and the city's teachers union have rejected a fact finder's recommendation to give teachers a double-digit raise.

The board voted 6-0 Wednesday to reject the recommendation, and about an hour later the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates also unanimously rejected the report, citing classroom quality issues.

Despite the apparent impasse, Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale says he's optimistic that school district leaders and the teachers union can reach a deal.

"The Board and union want to provide a great education for our children," Vitale said. "Neither wants a strike."

The board and the teachers union now have 30 days in which to reach a deal before teachers would be able to strike.

FOX Chicago News asked CEO Jean-Claude Brizard what would happen to the tens of thousands of CPS students who depend on schools for lunch and a safe haven from violence, if teachers did strike.

"We have to take a look at all of that, because I have a large section of kids who do depend on our breakfast and lunch program," Brizard said. "So, all of these are things we are taking into consideration."

During the last strike, parents and volunteers created a network of safe havens for children.

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