CPS students head back to school today as possible teachers strike looms

CHICAGO -- Chicago Public Schools kicks-off the new year on Tuesday. But, a possible teachers strike is hanging over the excitement.

About 300,000 children are expected to return to the classrooms.

Teachers are back without a contract for the second year in a row. Negotiations are still ongoing. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says both sides are back and forth trying to close down some real serious issues. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool says talks will intensify this week, and CPS is doing everything it can to give teachers as generous a raise as possible.

Teachers may go on strike in October.

Their union needs at least 75 percent of its members to authorize a strike.