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PORTLAND Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers returned to the bargaining table Thursday morning.

The two sides met with a state mediator in another attempt to agree a new contract. Some consensus was reached earlier on workload and health insurance, but now the sticking point is salary.

It s the first time the union and the district have met since Monday night s school board meeting, when students, parents and teachers rallied in support of the union. The board quickly wrapped up its business and walked out.

Background: Students walk out amid PPS contract talks

A PATrepresentative said Thursday morning the two groups also cleared their calendars for Friday and Saturday, in case more talks are needed.

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