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Board, teachers must be reasonable

 Impasse!

It’s a word that hardly sounds positive when it comes to a negotiation. And yet, it is what the teachers union declared last week before walking out on negotiations for a new contract with the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Not to be the eternal optimist, but designation of an impasse may be just what the doctor ordered, as it will lead to designation of a mediator between two groups that seem to have little trust for each other in a possible standoff where there’s plenty of blame to go around.

Poll

Do you favor open contract negotiations between the school district and its unions?

Should the Jeffco commissioners raise the county mill levy to its previously approved level?

Do you support Amendment 66, the ballot measure raising the state income tax to finance a new funding structure for schools?

Do you agree with Jeffco's decision to ban pot shops in unincorporated areas?:

Do you agree with the county's decision to cut funding to three social-services nonprofits?

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