Contract negotiations begin for Bronx and city school teachers

Contract negotiations between the New York Board of Education and the New York City teacher's union began Monday.

The main issues being discussed are how classrooms will be administered and who will control how classrooms are run. Teachers claim the Board of Education has too many regulations and that they need more autonomy to run their classrooms properly.

In addition, the sides will negotiate teachers' salaries and pensions, and benefits for supervisors and administrative staff.

The teachers have been without a contract since May 2002 and hope to resolve the issues before the beginning of the upcoming school year in September 2004.

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