Akron Teachers' Contract Expires Sunday; New Deal Not Expected

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Akron school officials and the teachers union say they don't expect to agree on a new contract by the time the current one expires on Sunday.

It's the first time in eight years that has happened. The last time was in 1994, when teachers picketed and threatened to strike.

This time around, no one is panicking yet. Both sides say that they see the real contract deadline as Aug. 28 -- the first day of school.

Superintendent Sylvester Small says that the current contract will be extended until a new deal is reached. He says a lot of people are on vacation right now, so negotiations probably won't start again until July 8.

The sticking point is money. Both the union and the school district say that teachers deserve a salary increase, they just disagree on the size of it.

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