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Dixon teachers' strike moves into 5th day

(File photo) Dixon School District Headquarters (File photo) Dixon School District Headquarters

Students remain at home and teachers on the picket line as the Dixon strike moves through it's fifth day. Despite a full day of protests by the Dixon Education Association (DEA) both sides meet until 6:30 Monday night. But the good news is after a very late night Sunday, there has been progress.

"Both sides agreed to the length of the school day, the length of the school year, we also agreed there would be one hour of PLC a week which stands for professional learning community and we would only have one faculty meeting a month," says Aaron Eddy, DEA vice president.

The school district has offered the teachers a three year contact equal to the cost of living. But the teachers asked for a 3.75 percent annual pay increase. They are also at odds over issues that include insurance, retirement and class sizes. Without no resolution teachers went into the snow and cold for a fifth day.

"It's very cold and it's very windy out here but for everything our negotiations committee has done we feel like this is our part we can do to help support them," says Bonnie Driver, Dixon High School, English teacher.

A 7th grade teacher says it's been hard seeing children out of school for three days but she feels like she is ultimately helping her students.

"It breaks my heart for these kids, I know they want to be there and we want to be there too. A lot of our fight is for them. It's for making sure we can provide the best education for them," says Candy Lind, Reagan Middle School teacher.

Even with the progress that came Sunday at least one teacher does not expect to be back in the classroom Tuesday.

"I would like it very much to be settled tonight but I don't know if they have moved either of them far enough for that to happen," says Driver.

13 News contacted the Dixon School District for a comment about the strike but have not heard back.

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