On Friday, Chicago officials and the city's teachers' union said they had created an outline for an agreement that would resolve a five-day strike that had closed schools for 350,000 kids. Robert Bloch, a lawyer for the union, said he was "hopeful" that the two sides could finalize a new labor contract by Sunday, allowing schools to open the following day. David J. Vitale, president of the Chicago board of education, said, "The heavy lifting is over and the framework is in place." The strike is considered a huge test for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who angered teachers by proposing that their evaluations be more heavily determined by students' standardized test scores.
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