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Monday, September 21, 2015
Seattle Teachers' contract includes student recess
Yesterday, the Seattle Teachers' Union
voted to ratify a contract
, thus ending the strike that began two weeks ago. Besides raises, what's included in the contract?
And not just that:
Recess: Guaranteed 30 minutes of recess for all elementary students.
Reasonable testing: New policies to reduce the over-testing of our students.
Professional pay: Base salary increases of 3 percent, 2 percent and 4.5 percent, plus the state COLA of 4.8 percent
Fair teacher and staff evaluations: Test scores will no longer be tied to teacher evaluations, plus there is new contract language that supports teachers' professional growth.
Educator workload relief: Additional staff to reduce workloads and provide student services.
Student equity around discipline and the opportunity gap: Creating race and equity teams at 30 of the district's schools.
The administration's proposal to lengthen the school day: Teachers will be compensated for additional work.
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