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Teacher’s picket in front of school district office

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Photo by Renee Shadforth/Sierra SunTahoe Truckee High School teacher Pat Mooney holds up signs in front of the school district office Friday protesting the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District's offer of a 1 percent cost of living increase for the current school year.
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Teachers picketed in front of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Office on Friday, rousing honks from supporters as they drove by on Donner Pass Road.

The teachers were protesting the school district’s offer of a 1 percent cost of living increase for the 2004-05 school year.

The educators, who did not receive a cost of living increase for the previous two school years, have asked for a 6 percent increase, in addition to their normal step and column increase, over two years.

District administrators have said they don’t have enough funds for the 2005-06 school year to give teachers more than 1 percent.

The negotiating teams for the district administrators and teachers union have reached impasse in negotiations, said Jo Wilson, school district assistant superintendent of personnel. Now both parties will seek a mediator, who will be appointed by the state.