U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he's hopeful that both sides are close to agreement to end a teacher strike in Chicago.
Duncan is the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools. He said during a stop in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday that the proposal made to teachers was one that respects and honors their profession while moving school reforms forward.
He says both sides have compromised and it's important to get students back in school. The Chicago strike is in its seventh day.
Duncan spoke on the steps of the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. He says the Supreme Court's 1954 ruling in that landmark case moved the nation toward education equality.
His stop in Topeka is part of a 10-day bus tour that ends Friday in Washington.