Impasse declared in Portland teacher negotiations

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PORTLAND — Officials with Portland Public Schools have declared an impasse in contract negotiations with teachers.

The Oregonian newspaper reports the announcement was made Wednesday morning at district headquarters.

Under state law, both sides must release their final offers within a week, followed by a 30-day cooling off period. A walkout wouldn't occur until late December at the earliest.

With nearly 50,000 students, the Portland district is Oregon's largest.

The teachers union last authorized a strike in 2003, but a deal was quickly reached.