The Portland School District released the following statement on the agreement:
At the end of a 23 hour bargaining session with the state mediator the bargaining teams for Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers were able to reach a conceptual agreement on a new contract. With the conceptual agreement reached both teams mutually agreed to break and reconvene later today to put it in writing in the form of a Tentative Agreement.
Once the Tentative Agreement is signed, the Portland Association of Teachers has announced that the strike planned to begin on February 20th will be suspended pending ratification by the full PAT membership and the PPS Board of Directors.
PPS officials also announced that the Wednesday, February 19th school day will still begin at the regular morning time and release two and a half hours early.
Details of the agreement will not be released to the public prior to the PAT membership considering and voting on the contract.
“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.
The Portland Association of Teachers released the follow statement on the talks:
After more than ten months of bargaining, Portland teachers reached a conceptual agreement with Portland Public Schools. The conceptual agreement comes just two days before teachers are scheduled to go on strike.
The two teams have been at the table for more than 23 straight hours. Given the early hour, PAT and the district will reconvene later in the day to iron out the details and put it in writing in the form of a Tentative Agreement.
Once the Tentative Agreement is signed, a strike will be suspended pending ratification by PAT membership and the School Board.
Details of the agreement will not be released to the public prior to teachers considering and voting on the contract.