PPS reaches 3-year contract agreement with teachers
Portland Public Schools has announced two years of negotiations have finally resulted in a three-year contract agreement with its teachers union.
The details of the agreement will not be made public until the members of the Portland Association of Teachers ratifies the agreement. That voting should take place between Jan. 30 and Feb. 5.
After that, the school board will have three days to accept the agreement forged by two bargaining units. The meeting is tentatively set for Feb. 8.
Portland teachers have complained for years about decisions being made without their input. But union leadership seems to be happier with the new direction from the superintendent and the school board.
"I now have reason to hope that we are entering into a new era of mutual respect and collaboration," PAT Bargaining Chair Steve Lancaster said in a statement put out, not by his own group, but by the district.
For his part, Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero said the agreement was a "big step forward."
Portland Public Schools educates nearly 50,000 students with more than 4,000 teachers. Several thousand other staffers, such as paraeducators, janitors and school cooks are represented by separate unions.