This week's bargaining session between teachers and administrators of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District did nothing to resolve the ongoing salary dispute. "Absolutely no progress was made," said Richard A. Ruether, executive director of the Teachers Assn. of the Norwalk-La Mirada Area.
The district has offered a 3% wage increase for the year, less than half the 8% demanded by teachers, who returned to classes last month without a contract. Ruether has promised that teachers will not strike this year, but he said some teachers are boycotting extracurricular activities and restricting their class preparations to the classroom. As a result, Ruether added, students may have a longer wait to get graded papers back.