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Honeymoon over in teacher contract talks

COEUR d'ALENE - Observers of teacher contract talks Thursday in Coeur d'Alene might say the honeymoon is over for the Coeur d'Alene School District's newest trustees and new superintendent.

During a three-hour negotiating session at Lakes Magnet Middle School, the discussion veered away from the usual bargaining table topics of budget, salaries and benefits. Talk turned tense, following a financial presentation and proposal by the Coeur d'Alene Education Association's negotiating team.

"The proposal that you're making, I don't think it does anything to balance the budget as we're legally required to do," said board chair Tom Hearn

Hearn said he understands that teachers have gone without a raise for several years, but he acknowledged that most of them kept their jobs during the recent recession, unlike many in the private sector. Full story. Maureen Dolan, CdA Press

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.