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Negotiations between teachers, school board members continue in Dixon

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Dixon Education Association negotiating team members and the school board's negotiating team sit down for another round of contract bargaining Friday afternoon.

Teachers have been on strike for more than a week. They're asking for a 3.75% annual salary increase, but district leaders say that will break the bank. School board members latest offer is a 3-year contract equal to the cost of living. Plus, they want teachers to contribute more to healthcare.

Some Dixon parents are facing tough times as options for daytime childcare are limited. Administrators have set up daycare inside schools for K-5 students, but some moms and dads, siding with union members, say that's not a school's purpose.

Superintendent Mike Juenger and DEA members say they hope an agreement comes out of this latest round of negotiations. As far as we know, both sides are still at the bargaining table. We will update you with more information as it becomes available.

If an agreement isn't reached, both parties could meet again Sunday.

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