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PPS Board Votes 7-0 For Contract Ratification

OPB | March 3, 2014 7:59 p.m. | Portland

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All seven elected members of the Portland school board voted Monday night to approve the Portland Association of Teachers contract.

It’s the last step in ending many months of difficult labor negotiations and it ends any worry of a teachers’ strike.

Leaders of business and parent groups testified in favor of the deal.

Some board members complained about aspects of the contract, or about the process leading to its adoption. Others emphasized the strengths of what superintendent Carole Smith called the most significant contract changes in 30 years.

The contract will trigger the hiring of at least 150 teachers, and will add two instructional days to the school year.

It also sunsets early retirement incentives and will speed up timelines for hiring teachers.

It takes effect for the current school year.

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