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    The Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Seattle Education Association (SEA) began negotiations May 20, 2015 to achieve a new collective bargaining contract. SEA represents educators, substitutes, paraprofessionals, instructional assistants and office professionals. The current contract with SEA expired August 31.

    The documents below reflect the recent documents as they are made available not the timeline of the proposals presented. Click here to see a timeline of the negotiation proposal introductions and status.


    Agreement

    Proposed SPS SEA
    Recess Agreed Agreed
    Paraprofessionals and Seattle Association of Educational Office Professionals sub salary schedule Agreed Agreed
    Certificated subs Agreed Agreed
    Paraprofessionals access to technology
    Created a dedicated process for giving paraprofessional staff the ability to check district email during the workday.
    Agreed Agreed
    Paraprofessionals and Seattle Association of Educational Office Professionals mentors
    Provided a process for a paraprofessional or SAEOP to have a mentor if they are having performance issues.
    Agreed Agreed
    Certificated career ladder Agreed Agreed
    Teacher-librarian updates Agreed Agreed
    Adding two days of vacation for religious observations Agreed Agreed
    Longer time allowed for submitting credit hours
    Allows credits earned over the summer to be added to an employees file for possible salary/lane change.
    Agreed Agreed
    Nondiscrimination rights updated Agreed Agreed
    Focused evaluation supporting growth mindset
    SEA and SPS will jointly speak to OSPI about making changes to Focus evaluation.
    Agreed Agreed
    Career and technical education advisors receive additional pay
    Adds pay to CTE advisors (3 stipends per high school) for added duties.
    Agreed Agreed
    Possibility of using two days vacation as sick leave Agreed Agreed
    Special Ed Taskforce updated language Agreed Agreed
    SAEOP workload
    Added $2500 to each building budget for SAEOP workload issues.
    Agreed Agreed

    Continued Negotiation

    • The grid below reflects the current status of proposals in the SPS and SEA negotiations.
    • We have included a link to the document for the most prominent issues. 


    SPS SEA
    School day
    Add 20 minutes of instructional time to the student day.
    Most recent MOUpdf icon

    The 9/12 memo of understanding states "SPS and the SEA agree that, in the 2017-18 school year, 20 minutes of K-12 instructional time will be added to the student instructional day. No time will be added to the teacher work-day." 

    Standardization of K-8s
    All middle school staff working in a K-8 will follow the elementary student instructional day (6.5 hours proposed).
    Proposed
    SPS 9/12 proposal: elementary and k-8 school daypdf icon
    SPS 9/12 proposal: collaboration time pdf icon

    Salary
    SPS has offered a counter offer to SEA, we await response.
    Counter
    SPS most recent counter proposalpdf icon

    SPS Article IV Provisions for Compensation and Work Hourspdf icon
    No response to SPS counter
    SEA's compensation proposal pdf icon
    Partnership Committee
    Committee that will monitor the work of the Equity Teams
    Counter
    SPS most recent counter proposalpdf icon
    No response to SPS counter
    SEA's most recent proposalpdf icon
    Calendar rules to create a predictable process for developing the school calendar. Counter
    SPS most recent counter proposalpdf icon
    No response to SPS counter
    SEA's most recent proposal pdf icon
    Special Education Staffing Ratios, Relief, and Workload
    Related to the number of students a specific special education program might serve.
    Counter
    SPS most recent counter proposal pdf icon
    No response to SPS counter SEA proposal pdf icon
    Elementary Specialists
    SPS proposes Elementary Specialist teach nine (9) sections per day rather than eight (8).
    Counter
    SPS most recent proposalpdf icon

    Educational Staff Associate workload Counter
    SPS most recent proposalpdf icon

    Reclassifying Family Support Workers' salary schedule
    SPS has offered a counter offer to SEA, we await response.
    Counter 
    SPS most recent counter proposal pdf icon
    No response to SPS counter SEA's most recent counter proposal pdf icon
    Teacher evaluation Counter No response
    Para and SAEOP subs Counter No response
    National Board certification assistance
    Provided a process to support teachers with the process of National Board and Professional Certificate work
    Counter No response
    Career ladder Proposed No response
    Nursing updates
    SEA proposed to add additional days for nurses to prepare sites. Also deals with disposal of medications. SPS approves of disposal language.
    Counter No response
    ASL interpreters on new salary schedule; SEA request 8 percent raise in addition to any salary offer Rejected Proposed
    TechPay
    One day of pay for each SEA member related to technology learning and their job.
    Proposed Rejected
    English Language Learners
    Similar to SPED ratios. SEA rejected.
    Proposed Rejected
    Elimination of Creative Approach Schools Proposed Rejected
    Grievance procedure updates Proposed Rejected
    Email communication with families
    SPS proposed guidelines for responding to parent emails and posting grades.
    Proposed Rejected
    Removing discipline language related to students
    SPS proposes this issue should not be part of a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    Proposed Rejected
    Changing timeline for mid-year transfers Proposed Rejected
    Assessment Committee
    Create a central committee that reviews assessments that will be district wide and provides oversight on the process.
    Counter