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Update: 3-12-13 3:30 p.m. : News release from Dixon Board of Education

Dixon Public Schools, Teachers Return to Bargaining Table Tonight at 6:00 p.m.

We are pleased to announce that Dixon Public Schools and the Dixon Education Association, the union that represents the District's 166 teachers, will return to the bargaining table at 6:00 p.m. this evening.

Dixon Public Schools families will be advised of the status of tonight's session via automated telephone call no later than 9:00 p.m.  Up-to-date information about the status of negotiations will be available on the District website at www.dixonschools.org.

Earlier Post:

Striking teachers in Dixon, Illinois say they're ready to return to the bargaining table. In a news release issued Tuesday afternoon the Dixon Education Association said a federal mediator has called for new talks and teachers are ready and available to meet at any time. However, in a news release issued earlier, the Dixon School Board said after five hours of talks Monday night, the bargaining team for teachers walked out and indicated members wouldn't return until the school board accepts their latest offer. According to the school board, that offer includes an average four percent salary increase each year over the next four years.

Teachers walked out on February 28th after working without a contract since August. The teachers union says several items in the dispute have been settled during the last few negotiation sessions. For their side, remaining items include class size, length of instructional year, compensation and insurance. KWQC-TV6 is in Dixon talking to both sides and will update negotiations.