- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) - Teachers in a small Pittsburgh-area school district have returned to classes after a 16-day strike, though they’ve yet to agree on a new contract.

Teachers in the East Allegheny School District returned Wednesday because, under state law, students must receive 180 days of instruction by June 16. They went on strike Sept. 2 and stayed off the job through Tuesday.

The 133 teachers serve about 1,700 students in East McKeesport, North Versailles, Wilmerding and Wall, plus some middle and high school students from the nearby impoverished Duquesne School District, which serves only elementary students.

The school board has proposed a three-year wage freeze. The teacher’s union has agreed to a freeze, except that teachers would receive step pay increases for the current school year.

No new contract talks are scheduled.

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