CHICAGO — Chicago’s nearly weeklong teachers strike appeared headed toward a resolution Friday after negotiators emerged from marathon talks to say they had achieved a ‘‘framework’’ that could end the walkout in time for students to return to class Monday.
Both sides were careful not to describe the deal as a final agreement. They expected to spend the weekend working out details before union delegates are asked to vote on the package, probably sometime Sunday.
David Vitale, the Chicago School Board president, said that the ‘‘heavy lifting’’ was over after long hours of talks placed ‘‘frameworks around all the major issues.’’
The school district and union negotiators ‘‘put things on the table over the last few days to help each other’’ and put schools on track to reopen next week, Vitale said.
‘‘Our kids are going to get the time they need in this school year, and they’re going to get the time they need in the school day. And our teachers are going to get the respect they deserve for their hard work with our kids,’’ he said.
Robert Bloch, an attorney for the Chicago Teachers Union, said union leaders updated delegates on the progress at a meeting Friday afternoon.
‘‘It’s been a very difficult agreement,’’ he said. ‘‘This has been one of the most difficult labor contracts negotiated in decades. Many of the core issues of the contract have been worked out, but not all.’’
About 15 minutes after union President Karen Lewis entered the delegate meeting, delegates could be seen through the windows cheering and applauding, some of them on their feet and pumping their fists in the air.
Journalists were not allowed inside, and there was no way to know what they were applauding.
When it is complete, the union’s bargaining committee expected to recommend the contract proposal to the membership, Bloch said.
‘‘And if we have been listening to the membership well and have heard their concerns, then that agreement will be accepted by our membership overall,’’ he said.
The walkout, the first by Chicago teachers in 25 years, canceled five days of school for more than 350,000 public school students who had just returned from summer vacation.