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Contract talks reach an impasse at SD Unified

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The San Diego Education Association is gearing up for an organized event Tuesday morning to rally outside Perkins Elementary after contract negotiations between the San Diego Unified School District and it's teachers stalled after months of talks.  

Both sides have come to agreement on a number of key issues, such as adding more nurses, counselors and special education support to schools as well as maintaining current teachers benefits.

However, negotiations have hit a roadblock when it comes to salaries and class size, prompting the teachers union to declare an impasse. 

Union president Lindsay Burningham says that while progress has been made in recent weeks, not enough progress has been made in regards to salary increases and class sizes in 4th through 12th grades.

"Our goal is to get a settlement and get the fair contract that our students and teachers deserve" says Burningham.

Teachers are fighting for a 7.5% raise over the next two years. The district is offering a 2% raise beginning in July 2015 and a 1% raise bonus for the current school year.

Teachers say their demands would simply put them at the median of the salary scale for all San Diego County teachers.

In an email from district superintendent Cindy Marten to all district employees, Marten says that the district's bargaining team supports the decision to declare an impasse , which clears the way for an outside mediator to be brought in. She says that the district and the union have both agreed to put the best interests of the children at the center of their discussions.
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