Leaders say Chicago teachers' deal imperfect, good for kids

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CHICAGO - Relieved parents dropped their children off at Chicago schools on Tuesday morning after the Chicago Teachers Union and the nation's third-largest school district averted a strike with a late-night tentative contract agreement.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said at a news conference late Monday that after more than a year of negotiations, the two sides had hammered out an agreement that isn't perfect but is good for students, teachers and the city. The deal still must be approved by the union's House of Delegates and all roughly 28,000 members, a process that could take weeks.

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