UPDATE: MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) – Some distraction for Harlem teachers welcoming their students back to the classroom today.
Today being the first day of school, teachers had hoped to have a contract in place by now. However, last night’s vote was thrown out due to some discrepancies. They’ll try again Sunday to ratify a 3-year-deal.
MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- School starts tomorrow in the Harlem School District and as the students return to class their teachers will be working without a contract. The union hoped teachers would start the year with a newly ratified deal, but instead they say there was an issue with the voting process.
The union's co-president Elana Schelling-Tufte wouldn't say what exactly the problem was, only that there was some type of discrepancy. Some of the teachers had already cast their votes. Those will be thrown away and the process will start all over again for a third contract vote. That's after teachers voted down an agreement last week.
Although they'll be working without a deal, the union says teachers main focus now is on their students.
"They're ready to get into that classroom. They'll be into the classroom tomorrow as they should be. The vote is on the side right now of our mind right now. We're looking at getting through our first day of school and our first week of school," Schelling-Tufte, said.
Superintendent Julie Morris says she's ready for school to start tomorrow and the district will just wait until the union votes again on that contract. No date has been set for a re-vote.