PORTLAND-- The Portland teachers union and school district were still at an impasse after a school board meeting Tuesday night.

Teachers challenged the district's budget numbers, saying there is a surplus, which means there is enough money to pay for more teachers.

Absolutely, and they have even more than that, said Gwen Sullivan of the Portland Association of Teachers.

But the district says that money is needed elsewhere.

We also have other needs and programs we want to fund: dropout prevention strategies, expanding language immersion, said Portland Public Schools spokesman Robb Cowie.

The two sides do not have another negotiating session scheduled.

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