Portland teacher contract talks to resume Thursday

Portland teacher contract talks to resume Thursday

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Representatives from Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers will meet Thursday after a week of stalled talks.

District spokesman Robb Cowie told KATU both sides met with mayor Charlie Hales on Wednesday. He encouraged both sides to keep talks going.

Last week, talks stalled over what should be done with a budget surplus of nearly $20 million.

Teachers say that's more than enough to pay for the 175 new teachers they requested. Cowie says that money has already been put aside for 88 new teachers, savings, and an anticipated budget shortfall in the 2015-2016 school year.

The district says smaller groups from both sides will meet this time, to keep the talks informal. As of Wednesday night, the time and location of the talks was not decided.