Harlem Teacher Talks Move Forward

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Nearly 8,000 Harlem students will be out of school for the ninth straight day after arbitration talks broke down between both sides, making school on Friday a question still up in the air.

On Wednesday, both the teachers union and the Harlem School Board agreed to enter into binding arbitration, but for a third party arbitrator to finalize a contract agreement, both sides must agree to the terms of arbitration, which both failed to do on Wednesday.

The two sides will resume discussions at 11 a.m. After that, the teachers will present the terms to its entire union at 2 p.m. If both sides agree to arbitration terms, the teachers could then vote to end the strike.

School could be back in session on Friday. School Board officials, however, expressed caution, saying there are no guarantees.