Burlington teachers say they're going on strike

Burlington teachers say they're going on strike Photo: WPTZ.

September 14, 2017 03:35 AM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Teachers in Burlington, Vermont, are going on strike.

Members of the Burlington Education Association say they will go on strike Thursday. They say a last-minute call by a former federal mediator and Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger failed to convince the school board to reach a deal with them.

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Burlington High School history teacher Fran Brock serves as president of the 400-member union. Brock says the board had an opportunity to address the achievement gap in elementary schools and to stem the exodus of teachers but didn't take that opportunity.

School Board Chairman Mark Porter had said the board was optimistic the disagreement could be settled Wednesday.

Both sides had said they were close on salary issues but remained deadlocked on teachers' use of time for class preparation and student intervention.



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