The St. Paul Federation of Teachers and St. Paul Public Schools have reached an agreement on a new contract that will avoid a strike.
Details of the agreement will be released at the union's Feb. 24 meeting, but several key provisions of the new deal include:
- The means for ensuring consistency and predictability in class sizes
- The appropriate role and higher quality of standardized student assessments
- The maintenance and expansion of high quality early learning opportunities
- School redesign
- National Board Certification
- Positive behavior and intervention supports for students
- Greater family involvement.
The agreement also includes an updated salary and benefit package for teachers through 2015.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Though this has been a long and difficult process, both parties learned just how passionate we both are about the education of St. Paul's students. I'm pleased that this tentative agreement strengthens the partnership between the school district and our teachers." - SPPS Superintendent Valeria S. Silva.
"I am inspired by the way SPFT educators, parents, students and community members advocated together. "I am also grateful for the commitment of our bargaining team, the district's bargaining team, and the Board of Education to making progress for the schools our students deserve." – Mary Cathryn Ricker, St. Paul Federation of Teachers president
"We know that we achieve more in partnership, and both sides have demonstrated a true commitment to working together to advance student achievement in St. Paul. I'm proud of the partnerships we have created, and truly look forward to building on our most recent progress to close the achievement gap for good." - Mayor Chris Coleman