Classes remain canceled for students in Rockford Public Schools after negotiators failed to agree on a new contract for teachers. Members of the Rockford Education Association decided to strike today but negotiations are scheduled to continue. Teachers and administrators have been working under the terms of an expired contract since July 1 and efforts to agree on a new contract have been under way since April. The negotiators met for more than 10 hours yesterday before leaving the bargaining table without a deal. Teachers union President Karen Bieschke says negotiations were slowed by disagreements over the language in the contract. Interim School Superintendent Robert Willis says he's disappointed and hopes to get students back in class soon. Rockford's teachers haven't been on strike since 1984. That strike lasted four weeks.
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