Portland Public Schools and its teachers union are both hard at work on winning over the public, as negotiators work on a contract and a potential strike looms. The school district is telling parents its proposal is geared toward more instructional time and better teachers, while the union is emphasizing smaller class sizes.

Negotiations reached an official impasse on November 20th. Both sides presented their final offers to the state on November 27th. There’s a thirty-day “cooling off” period before teachers can walk out on strike. During that time, negotiating teams are still at work hoping to avoid a walk-out.

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