Tacoma teacher contract negotiations continue

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Tacoma teachers and school district officials are taking contract negotiations right down to the deadline.

School is supposed to begin on Thursday. As of Wednesday afternoon, teachers and district officials were still meeting behind closed doors to work out their differences.

The union plans to meet Wednesday afternoon and take a vote. But a few hours before that meeting, Rich Wood of the Washington Education Association could not say what they will be voting on.

The possibilities include: a vote to go back to school and continue negotiating or a vote to go on strike.

The three-year contract between about 2,100 Tacoma teachers and the school district expires Wednesday.

Among the issues being discussed are proposed teacher pay cuts, class-size increases and changes in the way the district transfers teachers between schools.