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September 3, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Details of tentative contract for Seattle teachers leak out

Seattle teachers will vote tonight on whether to accept a proposed contract for the next two years, an agreement that appears to reach some middle ground on pay raises, would increase the length of elementary teachers’ workday, and would keep test scores a part of how teachers’ job performance is evaluated. The agreement was reached very…

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Comments | Topics: Jonathan Knapp, Seattle Education Association, Seattle Public Schools

August 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Mediator to join teacher contract talks in Seattle

A mediator will join teacher contract talks in Seattle today, which both sides hope will help them resolve their remaining disagreements and avoid the possibility of a teachers strike. The negotiation teams from Seattle Public Schools and the city’s teachers union agreed Friday to bring in a mediator from the Public Employment Relations Commission, said union…

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August 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Seattle schools drop proposal to increase class sizes

Corrected version A proposal to increase the number of students in a class before a classroom aide and higher pay are provided for the teacher was dropped Wednesday by Seattle Public Schools. The proposal, which was a controversial point in contract negotiations between the school district and the Seattle Education Association (SEA), the local teachers union, would…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics | Topics: class size, Jonathan Knapp, Michael DeBell

August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Seattle teachers union protests proposal to raise class sizes

About three months into negotiations over a new contract for Seattle’s teachers, the union is breaking the usual silence around those talks to protest a district proposal to increase class size. The Seattle Education Association has scheduled a rally Wednesday afternoon to denounce the district’s desire to raise the number of students  that can be in…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: class size, Jonathan Knapp, Seattle Education Association