PORTLAND – Negotiations lasted 23 hours on Monday into the night before word that Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers have reached a conceptual deal on a new contract just two days before teachers planned to strike.
“After 10 months of difficult negotiations and hard work by both sides, I am very pleased that PPS & PAT have reached a conceptual agreement. I look forward to finalizing the tentative agreement later today,” said PPS Superintendent Carole Smith.
Both sides will meet later today to put a tentative agreement in writing. Once signed, the PAT will officially announce they’re suspending the strike pending ratification by the full membership and the district’s board of directors.
Teachers began removing their belongings from classrooms on Monday with some making picket signs. District officials started closing down buildings and canceling events in response to the strike. It appears as though classes will continue into next week, but students will be released two and a half hours early on Wednesday.
Portland is the largest school district in Oregon with 48,000 students and 2,900 teachers.