Portland School District, Teachers Meeting With Mediator

By Jim McCoy Mon 17th February News
Portland Public Schools and the local teacher's union are scheduled to meet with the state mediator on Monday in hopes of avoiding a strike. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/MsBKEn) they worked through the weekend and district leaders expressed optimism about their efforts after weeks of no progress. If they do not reach an agreement, Portland teachers could go on the first strike in the district's history. The strike is scheduled to begin on Thursday. Portland has the state's largest school district with 48,000 students and 2,900 teachers. On Thursday, the union made a new proposal to the school district that brings them closer on salary increases. The union also has offered to make concessions on rules governing how teachers are transferred and on what role teaching qualifications play in the layoff process.

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