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Strongsville teachers meet school board for fourth day of marathon negotiations
Notheast Ohio strike by nearly 400 teachers, counselors, school nurses and psychologists entered its sixth week
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


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Kabir Bhatia
 
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The Strongsville teachers’ strike enters a sixth week today, as talks resume following three marathon sessions last week. Neither the school board nor the teachers’ union are commenting on progress made on issues such as medical benefits, pay freezes and pension calculations.

Parents and students converged on Strongsville City Council last week, urging both sides to come to an agreement after weeks of sporadic and largely fruitless bargaining sessions. Freshman Kayla Goudlock says she’s tired of the long-term substitutes.
Strongsville teachers meet school board for fourth day of marathon negotiations

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“The teachers are not teaching us anything new," she said. "I’m not comfortable with it ... because I want to be a doctor when I grow up, and I’m going to need my education.”
The board has been sticking publicly to its last, best offer of March 2, citing a looming $6 million budget gap. It turned down an offer last week from the teachers for binding arbitration, saying that would inappropriately put decisions on how local tax money is spent in the hands of a third party.
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