September 15th, 2015
Teachers in Seattle public schools suspended a nearly weeklong strike on Tuesday, announcing that they had agreed on a new contract with the city’s school board. Classes are to resume on Thursday.
The strike began last Wednesday and delayed the start of the school year for 53,000 students and 5,000 teachers and support workers.
The agreement came after an all-night negotiating session, much of which was spent in a conference room in the school district’s central office. As union and district officials emerged at sunrise to announce the deal, they were congratulated by picketing educators who had been outside since 5 a.m., said Rich Wood, a spokesman for the teachers’ union.
Stacy Howard, a spokeswoman for the Seattle school district, called the move “a huge step.”
“What we’re going to do is focus on getting back and healing,” Ms. Howard said. “We’re all here for these kids.”