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Teachers in cash-strapped US school district get free plastic surgery

As contract talks have dragged on for years, it appears that the free surgery will continue.

Second grade teacher Linda Tokarz said that she received frequent treatments under the terms of her health insurance policy.

"I think it's great for us," she added. "I wouldn't want to see it taken away."

Dr Kulwant S Bhangoo, a plastic surgeon in the town, told CNN that three out of 10 of his patients were teachers.

"I feel the teachers have paid their dues and it would be wrong to take it away from them," he said.

Dr Bhangoo is among a number of plastic surgeons who advertise in the teachers' trade union newsletter.

Philip Rumore, president of the union, said, "We've told the district from the beginning of negotiations six or eight years ago that we're willing to give it up, so as long the district comes back to the table with us, it's gone."

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