Tuesday, September 26, 2006
In a sign of increasing frustration that contract negotiations have spilled into the school year, more than 200 Newton public school teachers descended on this week's School Committee meeting to demand a settlement. '
To get to their meeting room at the Walnut Street education center Monday night, School Committee members had to walk a gauntlet of somber, silent teachers holding green and yellow signs saying: "Fair Contract for Newton Educators." Teachers have been working without a contract since the last agreement expired on Aug. 31.
Cheryl Turgel, president of the Newton Teachers Association, said negotiations are currently stalled on two issues: pay increases
School Committee Chairwoman Dori Zaleznik said she believes both sides are "trying to bargain to the best of our ability."
-- Ralph Ranalli