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September 5, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2006 ~ 6:30 A.M.

The Archdiocese and the Association of Catholic Teachers talked through the night. At this time both sides have agreed to a news blackout. This will be in effect until after the union membership meeting which is scheduled for this morning at 11:00 a.m.

School for the 20 high schools begins on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open and sports and other activities will take place the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.

Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

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