Federal mediator meets in Strongsville teachers' strike; Union says talks have not resumed

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio - A spokesperson for the Strongsville Education Association said a federal mediator wants attorneys to meet Wednesday night to see if both sides are truly ready to sit down and negotiate in good faith.

Christine Canning with the teachers union said this does not mean talks have resumed.

Meanwhile, Strongsville City Schools Superintendent John Krupinski said attendance was the highest its been all week Wednesday, hitting 81 percent system-wide. That's as more substitute teachers are being added daily.

But several high school students said they are not being taught anything, watching movies in study halls and sleeping. High-schoolers said they just walked out of the high school because of boredom and want their teachers to return to work. Others joined teachers on the picket line.

Students also said teachers took classroom text books, supplies and posters with them before going on strike. Canning said teachers only took what they bought with their own money.

Although there is an attorneys' meeting, no official collective bargaining talks are scheduled as day four of the strike looms on Thursday.

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