Burling­ton teach­ers call strike

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

BURLING­TON, Vt. (AP) — About 400 teach­ers in Ver­mont's largest city went on strike Thurs­day, two weeks af­ter the school district im­posed con­tract terms and a day af­ter a last-minute bar­gain­ing ses­sion with the help of a me­di­a­tor failed to reach an agree­ment.

Teach­ers pick­eted out­side Burling­ton's six el­e­men­tary schools, two mid­dle schools and the high school, while about 4,000 stu­dents had an un­ex­pected day off early in the school year.

Burling­ton Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Fran Brock said the two sides had been mak­ing progress on eco­nomic is­sues they dis­agreed on, such as a pay in­crease. But she dis­puted an as­ser­tion by the school board that the two sides had reached an agree­ment and then made ad­di­tional de­mands at the bar­gain­ing ta­ble.

Brock said the main stick­ing point in the ne­go­ti­a­tions is sched­ul­ing time for teach­ers to pre­pare out­side the class­room and to work oneon-one with stu­dents. She said an agree­ment had been reached for teach­ers at the high school, but not at the el­e­men­tary schools.

"We're the ex­perts," Brock said at a Thurs­day morn­ing news con­fer­ence out­side the high school where teach­ers were protest­ing.

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