Government negotiator Peter Cameron says Ready walked away because both sides were too far apart for mediation to begin, which means school will not start as usual on Tuesday.
Cameron says the current round of talks is now over and both sides will be waiting for Ready to determine when they are close enough to begin discussions again.
The development comes after Jim Iker of the teachers’ union and Cameron held several days of talks with Ready in a Metro Vancouver hotel.
Both sides were engaging in talks that were exploring the chance mediation, which many parents hoped would prevent the start of the school year from being derailed.
Prior to those discussions, Iker and Cameron met with Education Minister Peter Fassbender, who proposed that both parties put aside the most contentious issues and start mediation.