Late Saturday night, Portland Public Schools announced it had reached a confidential, tentative agreement
with the Portland Association of Teachers union. Portland teachers have worked without a contract since June 2008,
a fact that produced two angry demonstrations
at School Board meetings in recent months.
The possible three-year agreement follows the school district's declaration two weeks ago that it had reached an impasse
with the teachers union. As a result of that decision, both parties had until last Thursday at 5 pm to submit their final offers.
The terms of the deal will take days or weeks to emerge. "Details of the tentative agreement will remain confidential until the terms are ratified by the parties,"
the announcement from the school district Saturday night said.
As late as Thursday, the teachers union and the district disagreed about the amount of cost-of-living increases teachers should get, the length of the student day and several other matters, according to their final offers. Those other disputes included the timing of new curriculum adoption and the pay for athletic directors and teachers on extended duty.
Photo of teacher testifying before the School Board in December after a massive teacher union rally.