No contract yet for Seattle teachers

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 7:02 PM

SEATTLE - Seattle teachers and the Seattle School District have been in negotiations since April, but the teachers union says both sides are still far from reaching a contract agreement.

The teachers' contract expires on August 31, the day they are scheduled to return to the classroom. But, will they come?

The big contract dispute is over how teachers will be evaluated. Tuesday, the district sent a letter to teachers proposing a "revamped and revitalized evaluation system." The new system would be based, in part, on standardized test scores.

"A test score reflects how well a child is learning the subject," said Seattle Education Association president, Olga Addae.

The union wants to continue with an evaluation system based on best practices that was developed jointly with the district.

The teachers union is asking for a one-year contract with no percentage increase in salary.

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