Teachers, Spokane Public Schools reach tentative agreement

Teachers, Spokane Public Schools reach tentative agreement

The Spokane Education Association reached a tentative agreement with Spokane Public Schools Tuesday night over new contracts.

Negotiations have lasted all summer and in the last few weeks, with the start of school edging closer, the bargaining came front and center.

Last week, SEA rejected a 3.1 percent pay raise the district supposedly offered. Details of the tentative deal have not been released, and won’t be until members vote to ratify or reject the agreement.

Spokane Education Association president Katy Henry said, “We trust our team, they would not bring something to the membership that they didn’t think the membership would be able to ratify, and so I know it’s going to be a good agreement.”

Henry said members could meet for a vote as early as Thursday, after the first day of class.

Spokane Public Schools released this statement Tuesday night:

“Spokane Public Schools and the Spokane Education Association reached a tentative agreement on Tuesday evening. The agreement includes an important investment in the school district’s teaching and support staff to attract and retain the best employees.

The bargaining process took longer this year, given the new and complex state funding formula for staff compensation and the number of certificated and support staff bargaining groups represented by the Spokane Education Association.”