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Teacher Talks Break Down

Teacher contract talks broke down Monday in Coeur d'Alene, just two weeks before the official first day of school. Negotiating teams representing the Coeur d'Alene Education Association — the local arm of the state teachers union - and the school district's board of trustees met at Woodland Middle School for a two-hour session, their 10th meeting since May. Both sides walked away from the bargaining table without an agreement in place, and no plan to continue negotiating. The deadlock came after the board turned down a counter-proposal made by the teachers union in response to an offer the board's negotiating team made July 30, when the groups last met/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Press photo by Shawn Gust: Tim Sanford, music teacher at Lake City High School, points to a display citing budget concerns prior to presenting an offer to the Coeur d’Alene School District board of trustees Monday)

Question: Which side do you support in these negotiations?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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