Negotiators for striking Chicago teachers and the school board returned to the bargaining table Saturday but later broke off their talks, with a board spokesman reporting progress and the union sharply disagreeing.
Teachers also returned to the bargaining table in Detroit, after a circuit judge ordered a negotiating session to begin Saturday.
The 10-hour negotiating session Saturday in Chicago was the first between the school board and the Chicago Teachers Union since the strike began Tuesday, keeping the district's 430,000 students out of classes that had been scheduled to begin Wednesday. It is the school system's ninth strike in 18 years.
After mediator Wesley Jennings recessed the talks, board spokesman Bob Saigh said some movement was made on non-monetary issues, although the board had not changed its position that there is no money for pay increases.
Negotiations Called Charade
Union spokesman Chuck Burdeen called the negotiations a charade. "They seem to be following the route of prolonging the strike and hoarding the money it saves," he said.