Protesters complain to PPS about contract talks

Protesters complain to PPS about contract talks

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Posted on January 14, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 2:46 PM

PORTLAND – Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers went through another round of negotiations Monday, but still failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

Frustrations boiled over as students, parents, and teachers interrupted a Portland school board meeting Monday night.

"If you feel something is corrupt, and know what's going on, you have an obligation to come out here and do something," said student Keenan Murray.

"I've been a teacher for 10 years," added another protester. "I've seen cuts to education every single year."

Before ending the meeting, superintendent Carole Smith briefly discussed the negotiations, saying, "Both teams are working very hard toward an agreement."

According to the district, the major sticking points are teacher salaries, the hiring process, and the length of the school year.

Despite signs of progress, union and district leaders both said they were disappointed they haven't reached a deal.

Related: Teachers union lashes out at PPS amid contract talks

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