Late last week, the Seattle School Board voted to approve a contract for teachers and other certificated staff at Seattle Public Schools.
The three-year contract covers the school years 2010-2011 through 2012-2013.
In voting to approve the contract, Director Steve Sundquist, who has acted as board spokesperson for this negotiation, stressed the importance of this new contract to students and to teachers.
"We all want to see improvement at our schools, higher levels of achievement for all of our students, and the elimination of the achievement gap," Sundquist said. "This new agreement is a big step toward achieving that. By making student growth central to teacher evaluations, we promote a culture of teaching excellence at Seattle Public Schools based on clear, measurable results."
Government and community leaders present at the news conference included Tim Burgess, Seattle City Councilmember; Estela Ortega, executive director, El Centro de la Raza; George Griffin III, 2010 Chair, Alliance for Education; and Chris Korsmo, executive director, League of Education Voters.