The conflict between 26,000 Chicago teachers and policy makers may be calming down as both sides continued negotiations on Thursday.
The teachers union, led by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, has been on strike protesting salary, a longer school day, and larger class sizes according to NBC Chicago.
Lewis told WLS-AM that this strike is "a fight for the very soul of public education", according to the Huffington Post.
Chicago School Board President David Vitale met with Lewis to continue negotiations on Thursday and is optimistic about coming to a compromise on Friday.
Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Becky Carrol told NBC Chicago that after the long night of negotiations that the school board and union were "at the brink" of coming to an understanding.
"I think we made some pretty good progress," Vitale told the Chicago Tribune on Friday morning, adding that classes may resume as soon as Monday.
Lewis, however, said she was unsure if Monday was realistic, though she told NBC Chicago, "Yes, I'm hoping for Monday. That would be good for us."