There were no classes in two Rhode Island communities Thursday, where teachers are without contracts. In Narragansett, teachers returned to picket lines after unsuccessful talks last night. In Middletown, classes had been scheduled to begin today, but school officials cancelled classes, because teachers were on strike.
Narragansett teachers and school officials met Wednesday night, but both sides say they were unable to resolve outstanding contract issues. A hearing is scheduled Friday in Washington County Superior Court. School officials are asking a judge to order teachers to return to work. Union leaders have indicated they will ask the judge to order more negotiations.
Negotiations with teachers in Middletown ended with no agreement Wednesday night. School officials say they did not cancel classes Thursday, because they expected teachers would report to work. Teachers instead remained on strike, and classes were cancelled.