Wichita school contract talks reach impasse
Published on -5/31/2012, 7:43 AM
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The Wichita School District and its teachers union have declared an impasse in contract talks following a heated negotiation session that district officials called adversarial.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/NfUty7 ) reports the district will seek federal mediation to settle the contract dispute with its 4,000 teachers after talks broke down Wednesday.
Negotiations began in March on a new contract to take effect in August. Major sticking points have included teacher evaluations, lesson plans, dress codes and classroom discipline.
A lawyer for the district, Tom Powell, says the union started the negotiations on a negative note by insisting on recording the talks.