Baltimore’s school board and teachers union are at an impasse after 14 months of contract negotiations and have asked that a mediator take over.
The two sides issued a joint statement Tuesday afternoon saying that they are “headed into mediation.”
The impasse comes just as the city school board is pressing to reduce costs on salaries and benefits because of a budget shortfall. The school system announced last week that it plans to lay off as many as 300 employees, including 75 teachers to balance a $1.31 billion budget next year.
Baltimore schools chief Sonja Santelises said the school district and union reached an agreement on health benefits in the new contract but...