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September 6, 2011


The Association of Catholic Teachers broke off negotiations early Tuesday morning after very little progress was made in weekend negotiating sessions. The Archdiocesan team was willing to talk until the last minute but the Association's team walked away from the table with significant issues not agreed upon or in some cases even discussed. Many issues were not responded to since the Archdiocesan team presented them in mid-August. Negotiations began in March 2011.

This is a critical contract agreement for the Archdiocese. As the Secretary for Catholic Education, Dr. Richard McCarron, and the Superintendent of Schools Ms. Mary E. Rochford, said in a September 2nd letter to parents, "In order to advance the mission of Catholic education and our schools, we must be conscious of the educational changes that need to be implemented in a timely manner. Each year in the life of a student requires a curriculum and learning experience that will prove beneficial to the future success of that student. We cannot simply wait for changes in working conditions with the rapid advancement in so many areas of education such as the speed of technology and the tools that support a 21st century learning experience."

The Archdiocese made multiple concessions in our proposals and believes the contract offered to the teachers is equitable. It is our hope that our teachers will recognize that a strike is not in their best interest and most certainly not in the best interest of our students and their families.


Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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