Six months of negotiations over a new contract for teachers in the Baltimore City Public Schools have taken a turn for the worse, with the union saying it is "not optimistic" the two sides will be able to reach an agreement soon.

The Baltimore Teachers Union called on teachers to rally at the next meeting of the Baltimore City School Board on October 11. The existing contract, which was due to expire at the end of June, has been extended until October 30, as negotiations continue.

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District leaders issued a statement Saturday saying they were disappointed by the union's statement, which contended that the district's proposal would cut at least $10 million in compensation for teachers.

"City Schools remains committed to negotiating a contract that supports effective teaching and facilitates strong outcomes for our students while also ensuring the financial health of the district," the district said in the release.

The last contract was approved in 2014. It preserved many of the same terms, including health insurance, as the previous agreeement, which tied teacher pay to performance and was hailed as a landmark deal when reached in 2010.

A spokeswoman for the district declined to comment on specific points of the current negotiations. A union representative could not be reached for comment.

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