In the news: district seeks mediation for stalled contract talks

In a press release yesterday, Portland Public Schools announced it would seek state mediation in their stalled contract negotiations with the teacher’s union.

The district is offering a retroactive 2% cost of living raise for the past school year, but would force teachers to take five furlough days in the coming school year, the equivalent of a 2.5% pay cut.

Rebecca Levison, president of Portland Association of Teachers, questions the spending priories of the district.

“They want to give nothing in (2009-10) and yet they pay for BlackBerries for administrators, outside consultants, off-site administrative meetings and new deputy superintendents,” sad Levison in an article in today’s Oregonian. “And teachers have more responsibilities and more put on their plate every year.”

Steve Rawley published PPS Equity from 2008 to 2010, when he moved his family out of the district.

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Community Care Day Saturday

Join your friends and neighbors to help spruce up your neighborhood schools 9am – noon this Saturday, August 29. Hands On Greater Portland has a complete list of schools and more details.

Steve Rawley published PPS Equity from 2008 to 2010, when he moved his family out of the district.

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