School district arranges meal delivery during teacher strike

Teachers picketed outside the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington on Sept. 14. A new bill to be considered during the 2018 session would prohibit teachers from striking in Vermont

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In a Friday news release, the board offered to talk about including the second half of this school year in teacher contract negotiations.

There will be no school in Burlington on Monday due to the teachers' strike, but the district is planning to make meals available to students at several locations.

"I think we're all looking at Burlington and hoping that we - and I hope our school board is, too - hoping that we can avoid going down that road", Wise said.

The teachers had said the issue was scheduling time for them to prepare outside the classroom and to work one on one with students.

On this, the South Burlington school board agrees.

The 400 teachers went on strike last Thursday. The agreement needs to be ratified by both sides.

According to an article published in the Burlington Free Press on September 1, the current imposed contract will strip planning time from elementary school teachers, which Nolan says is what allows them to not only set up lesson plans and grade work, but also to collaborate with colleagues.

Board Chair Mark Porter says the school district has great respect for the teachers.

Burlington teachers and their supporters are holding a rally as their labor strike continues.

They walked off the job in 2014, striking for three days.

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