Downingtown teachers still on strike

February 4, 2008 10:19:33 AM PST
There is still no agreement between negotiators for striking teachers and the Downingtown Area School Board. The two sides met for eight hours Sunday but the talks ended without a settlement. The walkout began Tuesday, and schools will be closed again today.

The school board says "significant progress" was made, but the two sides differed on whether teachers should be compensated for the days they have been out on strike. But a union spokesman says the talks broke down on "a whole host of issues."

State mediator Jill Leeds Rivera has not scheduled another bargaining session.

State education officials say students must return by Feb. 14 to meet the required 180-day school year by June 15. At that point, the parties must enter nonbinding arbitration.


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