- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Teachers and school board commissioners in Burlington, Vermont, are deadlocked in their negotiations for a new teacher contract.

The School Board declared an impasse Friday morning, forcing the two sides to find a mediator, a fact-finder, or both to iron out issues and move talks forward.

Both sides are disagreeing over how much teachers’ salaries should increase, curriculum changes, average class sizes and removing what the board calls outdated contract language.

Last fall, the two sides hammered out a one-year contract after well over a year of negotiations during a mediated bargaining session that lasted all day. Both sides are eager to avoid a repeat of those negotiations.

A board spokeswoman said there is pressure to finish negotiations before the school year starts in August.

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