Negotiations Break Down In East Cleveland Teachers Strike

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) - Negotiations between the East Cleveland School Board and striking teachers have broken off, and no more talks are scheduled.

Federal mediator Tom Connelly said that they ran into a wall near the end of the meeting. Negotiators met for 10 hours Monday and 13 more hours on Tuesday.

More than 460 teachers and staff have been on strike since April 15.

Superintendent Elvin Jones and East Cleveland Education Association President Mary Alice Conkey said they're optimistic that a deal could be reached.

Jones said that the board has offered annual raises of three percent, two percent and three percent. Conkey said that the board's last written offer was for two percent a year.

Jones said that 2,500 of the district's 5,800 students were in class on Wednesday and are being taught by substitute teachers and 40 union teachers who have crossed the picket line.

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