New Haven teachers, students hopeful strike end is near

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UNION CITY (KRON) — New Haven students and teachers who are on strike are hopeful the end could be near.

The New Haven Teachers Association announced earlier Monday evening, that after several days of negotiating, talks with the district are moving forward.

Evan Suranyi is one of 11,000 New Haven students affected by the teachers strike.

The third grader has been out on the picket line every day with his dad.

He says if this doesn’t end soon…

“I’m gonna be sad,” the third grader said. “My teacher had fun things planned. We already missed our field trip.”

Eighth grader Anthony Pulido feels the same way.

“I just really hope the strike ends soon,” he said. “I just miss my friends so much.”

His mom is a para-educator working with special education students in the district.

Even though she had to cross the picket line for her students last week, her support is with her fellow teachers.

On Monday, dozens formed a picket line outside the Alameda County Office of Education.

Inside, the teachers’ association says the bargaining teams finally started talking.

The association says it’s no longer a one-sided conversation, but two-sided. The teachers association says they’re aiming to end the strike tonight.

“We look forward to a resolution to this, and if we do come to a resolution, either we will be back in the classroom tomorrow or we will have the day to come together as a unit to discuss the proposal and vote on it. But right now just a conversation.”

No agreement has been reached yet, but as of 9 p.m., teachers and the district were still negotiating, so they’re hopeful an agreement can be reached soon. 

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