Bargaining Sessions Continue for Rockford Public School Contract Talks

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Representatives for the Rockford Education Association and District 205 met today for another bargaining session. It looks like progress was made, however frustration still remains.

Both parties met for four hours today and after what the REA calls a quote "fruitful" discussion of outstanding issues, they say the district said it could not finalize a contract because they do not have that authority. That's because all proposals must be approved by the school board which doesn't meet until Tuesday. REA president Karen Bieschke released a statement saying quote, "We did our homework and came prepared. Why didn't Superintendent Willis and his team do the same?"

23 News spoke with Doctor Willis tonight, he tells us that he's happy both parties met today, but says they just found out today about the latest REA proposal. The district must take it back to the school board to see if that's what they want. Meanwhile,

Teachers will meet at the Coronado Theatre tomorrow where Bieschke says because a tentative agreement has not been approved, they will have to vote on the board's last offer which they already rejected. A strike is still an option for the REA.

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