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Teachers ratify contract, Seattle Public Schools start new year Wednesday

Seattle teachers vote Tuesday night (Image: Seattle Education Assocation)

Seattle teachers vote Tuesday night (Image: Seattle Education Association)

Members of the Seattle Education Association, the union representing teachers and staff at Seattle Public Schools, voted Tuesday night on a new two-year contract and averting a strike a night before the new school year is scheduled to begin. Word of a tentative agreement on a new two-year deal first spread over the weekend. The Seattle Schools Community Forum blog summarized leaked details of the contract:

  • It’s a two-year contract.

  • The pay raise will be 2% in the first year and 2.5% in the second year.

  • Test scores will be an element in teacher evaluations, but a smaller factor than currently.

  • Elementary school teachers will work an additional 30 minutes, but with some flexibility about when that time comes.

For most parents in the city, the most important bullet point is that a deal was reached in time to not require a crazy array of contingency plans to kick in as moms, dads and everybody else try to juggle jobs, school, family and more. Happy first day of school, kids.

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