St. Paul School Board to Prepare for Teacher Strike

Updated: 02/20/2014 4:54 PM
Created: 02/18/2014 7:11 AM
By: Megan Stewart

The St. Paul school board is expected to start preparing Tuesday for a possible teacher strike.

During an evening meeting, the board will vote on what to do if teachers strike. Possibilities include closing schools and layoffs.

The board and the teachers' union haven't been able to come to an agreement.

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers says it wants smaller class sizes, less standardized testing and more pre-k education. They also want the hiring of more in-school staff like librarians, nurses, and counselors.

However, the district says those issues don't belong in a teacher's contract and it would cost $150 million over two years.

If the union votes to strike on Feb. 24, and the union's executive board votes to authorize a strike, the school district has said schools would be closed and all before and after school activities would be canceled, including sports.

It also has said the school year could also be extended, which would delay graduation, and 2,500 workers who aren't teachers would be furloughed.

The two sides will meet again for negotiations on Thursday.

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