The fate of thousands of Harlem students still waiting to start the 2004-2005 school year remains unsettled. The Harlem School District decides to break off contract talks with the teacher's union with no agreement in sight.
The teacher's bargaining team left the administration building at 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon feeling disheartened after the union's two-year contract offer was turned down by the district. Earlier Saturday evening, both sides had discussed continuing negotiations throughout the night, but after an emergency school board meeting at 5 p.m. no further negotiations were held.
District negotiators say they made substantial movement in the amount of salary offered. The union however says the district failed to move off their proposed salary schedule. A schedule in which members voted overwhelmingly to stay intact.
The lingering teacher contract talks come just a day after the Harlem's support staff union and the district settled on a new three-year contract. As of Saturday night there are no new negotiation session set for Sunday.