The Seattle Education Association Board of Directors voted Tuesday to authorize a strike. Teachers may vote this coming weekend on whether or not to go on strike.
The Seattle Education Association (SEA) and the Seattle Public Schools (SPS) have been in talks since June 6 but have not yet reached an agreement for the 2022–2023 school year. On September 7th, students will attend their first day of courses. “There is no one here who is looking to create a brawl. The good news is that we can decide for ourselves. We might revert to the days of teacher fatigue and a lack of resources for students. Or, we can work together for a better outcome, such as a contract that spells out the district’s responsibility to provide more for all of our students and educators in the future. “Jennifer Matter, President of the SEA, made the following comment: “We’re hoping that SPS will agree to a preliminary agreement as we are in active negotiations at the moment.” If SPS and the students can come to a preliminary agreement that meets their needs, then further action will be prevented.” The SPS has expressed its satisfaction with the timely start of the academic year. “Our bargaining goals at SPS are based on what is best for the students, teachers, and local community we serve.”
According to a statement on the system’s website, all of our schools are committed to making learning a safe and positive experience for kids of all ages, cultures, and abilities. Together with the Seattle Education Association (SEA), we are working to draft a contract that will benefit teachers, improve student outcomes, and highlight our shared commitment to provide the people of Seattle and its surrounding areas access to an excellent public school system. The SEA planned to have a public membership meeting on Wednesday. At several schools, educators were also encouraged to participate by waving signs. Seattle Public Schools said earlier this month that certain bus routes would be temporarily suspended due to a shortage of available personnel, despite the fact that the district had recruited two additional bus vendors this year.
This academic year, SPS established contractual agreements with two separate bus companies, First Student and Zum. Each of the two possible bidders will be responsible for $25 million of the total budget of $45 million. After months of debate, the Seattle Public School Board approved this plan in July, less than two months before the start of the school year. However, in a press release, officials from SPS noted that the area is still having the same transportation challenges as it experienced the previous year. Several SPS bus routes will be inoperable at the start of the school year due to the aforementioned issues.