Strike enters third day, educators and district officials to resume negotiations

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Classes were canceled once again Thursday as a strike educators organized enters its third day.

Members of the Saint Paul Federation of Educators Local 28 (SPFE) and officials with St. Paul Public Schools will head back to the bargaining table Thursday.

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The strike comes after a dispute over contract negotiations. The bargaining team said its three main priorities are a fully-staffed mental health team in every building, more multilingual staff and additional educators supporting students with special needs.

SPPS Superintendent Joe Gothard said students need the support but that the district must prioritize spending.

Negotiations began between SPFE and SPPS last year in May.

In the midst of class cancellations due to the strike, the district has established "Kid Space" locations to provide activities and meals for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at no cost. More information and registration can be found here.

Negotiations are set to resume at 8 a.m. Thursday.