District says no school for Seattle students Monday; negotiations continue

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SEATTLE — Seattle Public Schools announced they have not yet reached a deal with teachers and there would be no school Monday.

No school on Monday for Seattle public Schools after the district and teachers couldn’t come to terms on a contract over the weekend.

“I’m not sure how they expect us to come to an agreement on lengthening the school day when they drop the bomb on Aug. 17th and want us to come to a conclusion by Aug. 24th,” SEA Vice President Phyllis Campano explained Sunday.

Over the September 12th weekend, the dsitrict whipped up a new proposal adding money to the 20 extra minutes added to the school day.

“This means that we’ve built in compensation for the added student instructional minutes that we are building into the teacher day. No time will be added to the teacher work day,” SPS spokesperson Stacy Howard explained at a press conference Sunday (September 13th, 2015).

“There still time that’s not accounted for with that pay that they gave us so we still feel like there’s time that we are working for free so we want them to come with the serious proposal on that,” Campano added.

In response, the teachers presented a counter offer: the two year deal includes a raise of 4.75% the first year and 5% the second.

Sides are inching closer together, but are still yards apart.

“We have not agreed completely on the equity or the assessment on the testing, still there’s the issue of testing its still there so there’s some things that need to come together before we see that were closer,” Campano said. “We know that were worth the money and we work really hard and we’re hoping that the district sees their way to agreement on money.”

 

EARLIER COVERAGE….

Seattle teachers and officials from Seattle Public Schools resumed contract negotiations over the weekend. The teacher strike has delayed the start of the school year for about 53,000 students.

Rich Wood, spokesman for the Seattle Education Association, told the Associated Press the two sides are bargaining. But, he said, there’s no way to know if they’ll get a settlement or how long negotiations will take.

Officials said productive discussions with mediators on Friday led to the talks.

Washington state’s largest school district and the teachers union remain at an impasse over pay raises, teacher evaluations and other issues.

The educators, who have not received a cost-of-living pay raise in six years, have joined other workers pushing for higher wages that compete with the city’s growing, highly paid tech workers.