Friday, February 14
(St. Paul, MN) -- St. Paul schools Superintendent Valeria Silva wants to ramp up contract talks with the St. Paul Federation of Teachers to avert a possible strike. The "Star Tribune" reports Silva yesterday called for negotiations at night or on weekends until a deal is struck, and union secretary Nick Faber told the newspaper they're ready to do that. The union's executive board has a strike authorization vote scheduled for February 24. Sticking points in the talks include class size, preschool expansion opportunities and wage and benefit issues.