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DPS opens up about negotiations with the teacher's union

DPS opens up about negotiations with the teacher's union (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - For the first time since the Dayton Education Association filed a 10-day notice to strike, Dayton Public Schools opened up about the negotiations between the two parties as they gear up for their scheduled session.

A lot of the negotiation comes down to salary, and the district opened up Tuesday to say they wanted to give the teachers the money they're asking for, but they simply don't have the funds.

The union wants an increase in salary, because they feel they're losing good Dayton teachers to districts with better paying jobs.

Superintendent Rhonda Corr said they can essentially give up $25 million, while the union is asking for around $31 million.

FOX 45 also just learned that the structure of the school day is one issue they still aren't seeing eye-to-eye on, but the district said they have already negotiated 125 contact items, and that they dropped 50 items out.

The superintendent said she wanted to make it clear they're giving everything they possibly can money-wise, and they're hoping to be able to reach a deal before 12:01 a.m. August 11.

"I can't imagine going on strike with this kind of offer on the table," she said. "I think it's very fair, and it's very reasonable, and I think that things have been misrepresented and we wanted this group to hear what else is on the table."

The plan is still to have substitutes in classrooms on the first day of school if there is a strike, but they will have lesson plans. Families will also not be punished for keeping kids home.

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