- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NATRONA HEIGHTS, Pa. (AP) - Teachers in a western Pennsylvania school district are returning to their classrooms nearly a week after they went out on strike.

The teachers’ union in the Highlands School District walked off the job on April 13 after a bargaining session failed to reach a new contract. But the strike ended Tuesday because the state says the educators can’t remain off their jobs if the strike would extend the school year beyond June 15.

The district about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh has 190 teachers. It serves the municipalities of Brackenridge, Tarentum and Harrison Township, all along the Allegheny River.

The sides have been bargaining since January 2015.

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