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Education official confirms Elizabeth Forward fact-finding session schedule

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Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 2:21 a.m.

A Pennsylvania State Education Association official said a fact-finding hearing is scheduled for Tuesday as the latest step in Elizabeth Forward School District teacher contract talks.

“Yes, the (Elizabeth Forward Education) Association requested fact-finding from the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board after progress wasn't being reached in negotiations,” PSEA UniServ representative Christine A. Cortazzo said in an email Thursday. She said the hearing is slated at the district offices in Elizabeth Township.

EFEA represents approximately 180 teachers at the district's high school, middle school and four elementary schools.

“We hope the fact-finding process will result in a favorable contract for both the association and district,” Cortazzo said.

After a special Elizabeth Forward school board meeting on Wednesday, district Superintendent Bart Rocco said the district and EFEA have had “eight or nine sessions” since January.

The teachers' previous five-year contract with the district expired on Aug. 31. Classes began for the fall in Elizabeth Forward on Sept. 5.

Elizabeth Forward is one of three area districts where teachers are working under expired contracts. Talks also continue in East Allegheny and Duquesne City school districts.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or

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