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Boston, Teachers Seek To Step Up Contract Talks

Boston Public Schools officials and the city's teachers both say they hope to finish long-stalled contract negotiations before the start of the school year.

Boston Teachers Union officials say they're ready to negotiate 24/7 to reach a deal, after school officials earlier suggested continuous negotiations through the month of August.

"We are ready, willing and able, and they certainly know that," union President Richard Stutman said. "It's in everyone's best interest to wrap this up," he added.

As of now, only two negotiating sessions are scheduled, for three weeks from now.

The school district this week seemed to clear one hurdle by activating a provision from the current union contract to extend the school day at select schools.

This program aired on July 27, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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