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Striking teachers, officials to negotiate Saturday in Pueblo

By: Associated Press
May 11, 2018 Updated: May 11, 2018 at 8:55 pm
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Teachers from Pueblo Academy of Arts in Pueblo, Colo., march along Pueblo Bouelevard starting a four-mile , two-hour trip to the Pueblo City Schools (D60) offices on Monday, May 7, 2018. Teachers in Pueblo went on strike Monday, shutting down schools in a dispute over how much they should be paid for the school year that's nearly over. (Anthony A. Mestas/The Pueblo Chieftain via AP)

PUEBLO, Colo. — Striking teachers and school officials are set to meet Saturday morning in Pueblo in hopes of ending a strike that has shut down most schools in the southern Colorado city for five days.

Both sides plan to discuss the latest offer from the district but no details of the proposal have been released.

Teachers went on strike Monday over the district's refusal to give them a 2 percent cost of living increase for the school year that's nearly over. They have previously rejected offers of a one-time stipend payment for this year and deferring raises until the next school year, when the district will get more state funding.

After three years of small raises, the district has said it wouldn't be responsible to dip into its reserves to fund another.

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