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Schools contract talks hit snag

Teachers want pay for longer day

Nearly 15 months after their last contract expired, the Boston Teachers Union and Boston public schools find their negotiations stalled over whether teachers should be compensated for working a longer day and rewarded based on their performance, rather than seniority.

Both sides have agreed in principle on extending classroom time by a half-hour - a proposal school officials had hoped to start this year and will have to postpone at least until next fall. But the school department is unwilling to offer additional pay, saying that the six hours elementary students spend in the classroom pales in comparison to their charter school counterparts’ eight-hour day.

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