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Collective Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Information SPS and SEA for 2022-23 School Year 

Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is committed to ensuring a strong, student-focused school year. 

As part of this commitment, we are providing updates to the community related to our bargaining process with our professional educators who are represented by the Seattle Education Association (SEA).  


District and SEA teams are collaborating over the summer to come to a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The bargaining process began on June 6, and we will negotiate a renewal of the SPS educators’ contract for the 2022-23 school year. 

Bargaining Goals 

At SPS, we base our bargaining goals on the needs of students, educators, and the community we serve. We are committed to making our schools safe and welcoming for everyone. 

We are collaborating with SEA to achieve a contract that supports educators, improves student outcomes, and demonstrates our shared commitment to providing Seattle families and the broader community with a world-class education system.  

District Priorities 

  • Ensuring schools and workspaces remain safe; 
  • Working together for racial equity across the district to ensure students of color furthest from educational justice have the support and resources they need to succeed; 
  • Increasing inclusive education for students with cognitive and physical challenges, as well as students learning English for the first time; 
  • Basing staff placement on student needs; 
  • Maintaining staff levels throughout the year and minimizing disruptions around school and holiday breaks; 
  • Providing high-quality educational standards, competitive pay, and improved professional development opportunities. 
  • Attracting and retaining quality educators from diverse backgrounds. 

We look forward to starting school on time and in person on Sept. 7. 

Recent Bargaining Updates 

SPS and SEA Bargaining Update July 11

SPS and SEA continued negotiations the week of July 11.  

SPS and SEA Begin Bargaining for 2022-23

The district and Seattle Education Association began the bargaining process for the 2022-23 school year.