Teachers reject Seattle School District offer

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 27 at 10:28 AM

SEATTLE -- As Seattle Public Schools and the teachers' union work on a new deal, some parents are worried that there could be a delay to the start of the school year. 
 
If there is a delay, Amy Spangler is preparing to stay home with her 8 year old son. She said it would be an inconvenience. 
 
"We would just work from home" said Spangler.
 
Although the district remains optimistic about reaching a new deal, a spokesperson said they are working on a backup plan to help parents in need of child care. The district met with city officials Monday to discuss options, but wouldn't elaborate on the details. 
 
Officials with the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County are also closely monitoring the contract negotiations. If there is a delay, the clubs are prepared to extend  hours for parents.
 
"If parents need us it is a call to action," said Meg Pitman with the Boys and Girls Clubs.
 
Monday night teachers voted to reject the district's latest contract offer. Among the sticking points, longer work days with less pay for elementary school teachers and evaluations tied to student performance.
 
In a statement, Superintendent Jose Banda said "We remain committed to the negotiation process. We are confident that bargaining teams will be able to craft solutions that keep student success the priority and meet the needs of both sides."
 
School is scheduled to start September 4th.

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