Updated at 1:30 p.m. Thursday
After local teachers worked under an expired contract for more than 200 days, the Prior Lake-Savage Education Association and schools in the Prior Lake-Savage area have reached a tentative agreement for the 2021-23 contract, have confirmed Thursday by union and district sources.
“We were able to reach a tentative agreement with the district last night,” PLSEA president Shawn Beaudette told the newspaper on Thursday. “Our union and the school board still have to vote on the deal.”
PLSEA said on its official Facebook page that the past year has been one of the toughest years for education in metro and school districts nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our PLSAS teachers are at a breaking point as we all agree that this has been the toughest year in public education. Having an unsettled contract only adds to the stress that teachers feel on a daily basis,” said PLSEA said earlier this month. “Teachers are the backbone of our schools, so our voices need to be heard and our ideas about improving our own work need to count.”
The news comes as Minnesota’s legislative leaders reached an education budget deal earlier this year – just over a week before the June 30 deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget or risk failing. not being able to send payments to school districts.
According to Education Minnesota, the bill is the biggest increase in public education in 15 years. Public schools will see millions of new grants per pupil in the biennium, an increase of 2.45% in the first year and 2% in the second.