Seattle schools and educators reach tentative agreement to end strike

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The Seattle Education Association has reached a tentative agreement with Seattle Public Schools, an announcement that appears to mark the end of a four-day strike.

The agreement still needs to be approved by the members; a vote An end to the strike is scheduled for Tuesday, and a vote to approve the deal would likely take place later in the week. A back-to-school date has yet to be announced.

The union and the district have been in negotiations for months and continued to bargain after SEA’s contract expired on August 31. SEA’s 6,000 members went on strike on Wednesday, what would have been the first day of school, after they were unable to reach a contractual agreement. with SSP.

On Monday afternoon, schools in Seattle announced that there would be no school on Tuesday. District officials would not say how soon classes would begin after reaching an agreement with SEA, but said they hoped it would begin soon.

Students will have to make up for missed days.

Some of the most significant issues that prevented a contractual agreement from being reached were lower teacher-student ratios in special education and multilingual programs, manageable workloads, increased salaries, and increased support in student mental health.

District and union leaders both said they were committed to creating a more inclusive special education program, but disagreed on how to make that happen.

A copy of the new contract was not immediately available. SEA members must vote on the contract before it is made public, according to union leadership.

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