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Seattle teachers approve continuing contract talks, but set a Sept. 3 vote deadline

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SEATTLE (AP) — Teachers from the state's largest school district voted Monday to keep on bargaining toward a new contract. The Seattle Education Association also set a Sept. 3 meeting when they will vote on either a tentative contract agreement or a strike.

Bargaining chairwoman Phyllis Campano, who is the union's vice president, says Seattle teachers want a contract, but they're ready to strike if they cannot reach an agreement with the school district.

Campano says the issues involve teacher pay, evaluations and hours, as well as student testing, discipline, the opportunity gap and recess time.

More than 1,500 people attended the union meeting at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle on Monday evening.