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Another day has gone by with no deal to end the teachers strike in Dixon 

But - during Sunday's negotiations - Superintendent Mike Juenger stepped away from the table to meet with parents for a "Q and A" session - open to the public. 

Hundreds of parents showed up to the Dixon VFW hall. 

Juenger started the meeting by discussing the state of finances for the District. 

He explained that due to state and federal cutbacks in funding - DSD is expecting over a millions dollars less in revenue over the next two years.

That makes it difficult to simply give in and end the strike. 

The middle of the meeting was interrupted for an announcement on the latest in negotiations. 

the School Board had proposed a 3 week break in the strike - designed to get students and teachers back in the classroom temporarily - to complete mandatory state testing. 

The teachers association has yet to respond to that. 

If the testing is not done - the school district could miss out on $280,000 worth of state funding. And worse - if the testing is not done-  the school district could start not being recognized by the state.

 

 The meeting did move forward with a q and a a lot of things addressing how do we get better books, better technology in the classroom, how do we get more teachers hired?

He addressed all those things but in this hall today - it was certainly a very pro teacher crowd as the try to move forward and get this strike finished.

Picketing is set to continue this week as well as negotiations as the strike moves later into it's second week. 

 

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