Edward J. McElroy, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, announced Tuesday that he would step down in the summer, a move widely expected to put Randi Weingarten, the president of the teachers' union in New York City, in line to succeed him.

Ms. Weingarten, who won significant pay raises for teachers in recent contracts, said only that she was weighing a run for the presidency of the national union, which represents 1.2 million teachers, school aides and other workers. But union officials and other educators say she all but has the job wrapped up.

"Randi seems like the likely successor...

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