Seattle teachers, school officials continue talks through weekend

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SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle teachers and officials from Seattle Public Schools have resumed contract negotiations after three days of a teacher strike that has delayed the start of the school year for about 53,000 students.

Rich Wood, spokesman for the Seattle Education Association, told the Associated Press on Saturday the two sides are bargaining. But, he said, there’s no way to know if they’ll get a settlement or how long negotiations will take.

Officials said productive discussions with mediators on Friday led to Saturday’s talks.

Washington state’s largest school district and the teachers union remain at an impasse over pay raises, teacher evaluations and other issues.

The educators, who have not received a cost-of-living pay raise in six years, have joined other workers pushing for higher wages that compete with the city’s growing, highly paid tech workers.