Pulaski district teachers union agrees to talks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The union representing teachers in the fiscally distressed Pulaski County School District has agreed to open negotiations on how to trim nearly $14 million from next school year's budget.

But the union on Thursday attached a list of 35 areas in which it wants district negotiators to provide financial information before going to the table on Wednesday.

The third-largest district in Arkansas was taken over by the state last year because of financial irregularities. On Monday, the state-appointed superintendent asked the Education Board to deem the district in fiscal distress because of the projected deficit.

The union wants to know how much the district spends on lawyers and consultants, and is asking for detailed budgeting information before opening talks.


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