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Prospect Heights teachers go on strike

Classes are canceled in northwest suburban Prospect Heights School District 23 Wednesday as teachers have gone on strike.

Contract talks broke down late Tuesday between the school board and the Prospect Heights Education Association, and no meeting has been scheduled to resume negotiations, officials from both sides said.

“We didn’t want to be in this position,” PHEA president Bob Miller said, adding that the sides were about $150,000 apart in salary negotiations.

A board statement posted on the district website said officials were “extremely disappointed.”

With no talks scheduled for Wednesday, the strike is expected to last at least two days. Teachers were set to picket outside the district office at 700 N. Schoenbeck Road in Prospect Heights at 7:45 a.m.

The district comprises three elementary schools and a middle school.