No deal reached to end Portland Public Schools strike
PORTLAND Ore. (KPTV) - The administration of Portland Public Schools gave an update Monday morning following rumors of an agreement being reached with teachers.
According to PPS, at this time no agreement has been reached.
According to the administration, PPS and the Union had agreed on a 13.8% cumulative cost of living increase (6.25% the first year, 4% the second year, 3% the third year). The school district emphasizes over 50% of educators would have earned over $100,000 per year by the third year of the contract.
“We desperately want kids back in the classroom,” said Julia Brim-Edwards with the Portland Public Schools Board of Education. “We know they want to get back into the classroom. We know teachers want them to be back again. We feel like we can close the gap.”
Portland teachers and the school district were still at the bargaining table Friday, which means the strike is stretching into the Thanksgiving holiday break.
The latest update from Portland Public Schools said they’ve reached tentative agreements on four items including retirement and academic freedom and are still discussing items like pay and class sizes.
The strike has been underway since Nov. 1 and is the first teacher strike in Portland Public Schools’ history. The district is the state’s largest, with over 45,000 students.
A statement was given to Fox 12 from the Portland Association of Teachers about today’s developments, “We have a transformational deal between the PAT and PPS bargaining team, where both sides moved towards shared goals bringing improvements to Portland schools, that the PPS school board yanked this deal out from under us, and extended the strike, displays an unprecedented failure of leadership.”
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