W. CoCo school board to vote on contract

July 8, 2009 5:21:15 PM PDT
The West Contra Costa school board is set to decide Wednesday night whether to force teachers to accept a new contract.

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That would set the stage for a possible teachers' strike this fall. The district faces a multi-million-dollar deficit. Year-long contract negotiations with the teachers' union have gone nowhere.

The school board could vote to impose a contract that caps health benefits for current employees and retirees, and could increase class sizes to 33 students per teacher.

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