Teachers, board in Vermont city hope to avoid strike

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Teachers and administrators in Vermont's largest city and school district are going to be meeting one last time in hopes of averting a strike.

Representatives of the Burlington teacher's union and the city school board are due to meet Wednesday with a mediator.

Teachers had planned to begin the strike Wednesday, but agreed to meet with mediator Ira Lobel in hopes of reaching an agreement.

On Sept. 1, the school board voted to impose terms and conditions on city teachers. The union rejected the imposition and set the strike date.

Both sides say they were close on salary issues but remained deadlocked on the way teachers use their time for class preparation and student intervention.

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