Duquesne teachers cancel strike

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The Duquesne City teachers strike -- scheduled for Monday -- has been cancelled.

Teachers cited "lack of proper and responsible supervision" in a press release tonight for the more than 350 students who would have been supervised by district administrators as the reason for calling off the strike.

The strike was announced after district receiver Paul Long would not commit to an arbitration to settle the district's ongoing contract dispute. Teachers' raises being tied to an increase in student achievement was a major point of contention. The previous contract expired in June 2012.

According to the release, only four or five of the nine district administrators in the building are certified to teach, which would have resulted in a student-teacher ratio of 1 to 70 or 1 to 88, respectively.

"Even with the assistance of the excellent non-certified school support staff, this situation would still have severely compromised the safety and well-being of our students," the press release stated.

Sarah McCluan, spokeswoman for the Duquesne City School District, said district administrators are "respectfully pleased" that the staff will be returning to their classrooms.

A representative from the Duquesne Education Association could not be reached for comment.

The district posted on its Facebook page last night that classes will resume as previously scheduled. Tuesday is the last day of school for students, and Wednesday for teachers.

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