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Striking teachers in Teaneck, N.J., were arrested and jailed last week for defying a state Superior Court judge's back-to-work order.

A spokesman for the school district said 50 teachers were incarcerated in the county jail annex Wednesday. On Thursday, she said, law-enforcement authorities were expected to detain 100 more teachers and to begin using a school building instead of the county jail. The teachers were to be allowed to go home at the end of the day.

All but 16 of the city's 452 teachers walked off the job Sept. 17 over a salary dispute with the school board. School officials have tried to keep the schools open with administrators and substitutes, but only about half of the district's 5,200 students showed up last week, the spokesman said. Negotiations resumed last week.

Elsewhere in New Jersey, teachers in the Waldwick district returned to work after ratifying a contract that called for a 9-percent raise.

But in Deer Park, N.Y., a Long Island district, 300 teachers resumed a strike that ran for two days in late September and was temporarily suspended while negotiations continued.

And in Detroit, the largest teachers' strike in the U.S. this year continued to keep more than 200,000 students out of school as a state-appointed fact-finder proceeded to gather evidence. The district is televising lessons in basic subjects and has distributed instructional materials to students so they can study at home.

Vol. 02, Issue 05

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