- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A teacher’s strike in a northeastern Pennsylvania school district is expected to continue.

Schools in the Scranton School District were closed Monday after more than 900 teachers and paraprofessionals went on strike Friday afternoon.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1P2W9fD ) that about 10,000 students stayed home and could be out of class for as many as three weeks.

The Scranton Federation of Teachers says the teachers are protesting efforts to cut salaries and health care benefits, as well as increasing classroom sizes.

The administration has said the district proposed step movement raises for teachers in exchange for higher health insurance deductibles and prescription co-pays.

The president of the federation says negotiations broke down when the district asked that teachers not get raises until January, and not receive retroactivity.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://thetimes-tribune.com/


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