After more than two weeks away from class, Minneapolis public school students will return to class this week.
A tentative contract agreement was reached Friday between the district and the Minneapolis Teachers’ Federation (MFT) and district Education Support Professionals (ESP) representation.
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Some details of the deal include sticking points for striking educators – which included pay increases for ESP and licensed staff, more mental health support and a cap on class sizes. There are also colored teacher protections.
On Sunday, more than 2,000 union members voted on the tentative agreement – almost 76% of teachers voted yes and almost 80% of ESP voted yes, adopting it.
Greta Callahan, President of the MFT, sent the following statement after the counting of the votes.
“Our collective action over the past three weeks and the support of our communities has created the first enduring and enforceable guarantees regarding the class sizes in which our students will learn, as well as specific contractual language regarding the support and retention of educators of color. Callahan says.
“We have increased our mental health support teams. We will return to our schools on Monday more united with our students, our communities and with each other. That said, it is unacceptable that our district leaders have kept students out of school for 14 days in order to add some of these essential supports to our students. »
Also following the results, MPS sent a statement.
“Nothing is more important to the MPS community right now than getting our students back to their classrooms,” said MPS Superintendent Ed Graff. “We are happy to confirm Tuesday, March 29 for their return.”
MSP also said time spent outside the classroom needs to be made up. As of spring break (April 11), class days will be extended by 42 minutes. The last day of school has also been moved to June 24 for students.
Monday will be used by staff to prepare students who will return on Tuesday.
More information from the Minneapolis Teachers Federation can be found here.