Teachers and administrators in Portland Public Schools submitted final contract offers to each other Wednesday. That fulfills their legal obligation following the district's declaration of an impasse last week.

The district is offering modest pay raises and wants to cap health insurance costs, and change rules for transferring, hiring, and laying off teachers. Human resources chief, Sean Murray, says the proposal hasn't changed much.

"Essentially, we felt that our current offer is very strong," says Murray. "And so there was no additional changes to it."

"For us, it's disappointing that they haven't made changes," says Portland Association of Teachers president Gwen Sullivan.

She says her union's proposal has changed - specifically to use district figures to revise workload and class size targets.

"We ended up using exactly what they sent out to parents regarding those levels," Sullivan says.

The district has said previous union workload proposals would cost more than $200 million. The union says its new approach is closer to $10.5 million.

The two sides are scheduled to meet in mediation, next week.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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