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Teachers Plan to Vote on Contract

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Bennington, VT – Teachers in the Southwest Vermont Education Association plan to vote on a contract following a nine-day strike. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more...

The Bennington Banner reports that Union President Stephannie Peters said the more than 310 teachers plan to gather at 4 p.m. Thursday to consider the agreement. She expects the group to ratify it by a wide margin.

Teachers returned to the classroom last week after voting on October 31 to accept a preliminary agreement. The boards that negotiated the deal will meet on November 17 to vote on a final contract.

The Bennington teachers went on strike October 19. The issues that had separated the two sides were salaries, health care benefits and time spent with students.

I'm Pat Bradley, WAMC News.

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