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    SPS and SEA Negotiations 2018
    Posted on 08/26/2018
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    Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association Bargaining Update

    Scheduled negotiations between the Seattle Education Association (SEA) and Seattle Public Schools (SPS) ended Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, without a tentative agreement. The hard working joint team has made good progress on many issues of common interest and on the difficult budget and compensation issues that confront us in Seattle Public Schools.

    The team is close to a tentative agreement that provides competitive and sustainable salaries for our educators, while confronting the realities of the district's significant revenue shortfall in 2019-20. Read a district budget update from Aug. 2, 2018.

    We have openly shared our financial and budget analysis with the joint team since June as we worked together on every data request and budget detail underlying the compensation discussions.

    We believe our partnership with SEA in this process will lead to the very best educational outcomes for our students and families, including eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. SEA has assured us that they will return to the negotiations on Wednesday morning; however, we have requested that SEA return to the negotiations immediately.

    Our expectation is that an agreement will be reached before school starts on September 5, 2018.