As the Newton Teachers Association pressed forward with Day 4 of its strike, teachers gathered again in front of City Hall.
The NTA, which is at the bargaining table with representatives from the School Committee, issued a statement before the rally.
“While educators had hoped to be back in their schools today, the fact remains that Mayor Fuller and the School Committee continue to treat contract talks as routine bargaining,” the statement reads. “Our core proposals and issues have remained unchanged: living wages for Educational Support Professionals, increased mental health supports for students, humane family leave policies, reasonable cost of living adjustments. The School Committee knows what it takes to settle the contract and needs to muster the courage to join us in demanding Mayor Fuller fully fund our schools.”
Newton music teachers helped stir the crowd at the rally with musical numbers, including a song they wrote: