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September 3, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Snoqualmie Valley teachers agree to start school on time

UPDATE: 10 p.m. | Snoqualmie Valley teachers voted tonight to start school tomorrow under the terms of the old contract and continue talks this week to hammer out a a new contract, district spokeswoman Carolyn Malcolm said.

Another discussion is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, in which the teachers union will consider a new proposal by the district on compensation and class sizes, the two most hotly contested issues, Malcolm said.

The offer includes a 1 percent salary increase in the first year, another 1 percent increase in the second year and a 2 percent increase in the third year, Malcolm said. The district’s proposal also limits elementary class sizes, she said, and includes additional compensation for teachers whose classes exceed maximum size limits, which vary by grade.

UPDATE: 7:25 p.m. | Bad news, Snoqualmie Valley students: There’s school tomorrow.

The district and its teachers union have agreed to extend negotiations over a new contract until next weekend to allow school to start Wednesday as scheduled, according to a district spokeswoman.

ORIGINAL POST: Seattle teachers aren’t the only ones without a contract in place for the upcoming school year.

The Washington Education Association reports that educators in Snoqualmie Valley School District also have not reached an agreement with their school district, and are scheduled to meet this afternoon to discuss what to do.  As in Seattle, options include a strike, or working without a contract while negotiations continue.

The unresolved issues include class size and pay increases.

Comments | Topics: Snoqualmie Valley School DIstrict, teacher contract

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