Portland teachers ratify tentative contract agreement with district

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland teachers voted to ratify the tentative agreement on a new contract between its union and Portland Public Schools.

The Portland Association of Teachers posted the announcement on its Facebook page late Thursday evening, calling member participation in the three-day vote "remarkable."

The district released details of the contract agreement on its website Friday.

The three-year agreement adds teachers and school days to reduce teachers' workload, which was one of the major sticking points throughout the negotiations. It also raises teacher salaries and maintains current insurance benefits.

The union said the school board will vote on the agreement at its meeting on Monday, March 3.

The district and the teachers union had been negotiating on a new contract for around ten months. They signed a tentative agreement to avoid a strike on Feb. 18, two days before teachers were scheduled to walk out.

The strike would have been the first teacher walkout in Oregon's largest school district. Portland Public Schools has 48,000 students and 2,900 teachers.