We are working with our labor association partners to achieve what we all desire – what is best for our staff and for our students. We have discussed and explored a variety of options during negotiations with the Seattle Education Association.
We have discussed with SEA an increase to the cap on class size. Enrollment in Seattle Public Schools has increased dramatically over the past five years and that trend is projected to continue. An increase to the class size cap is one of a number of solutions we are exploring to ensure that we can accommodate all students as they enroll.
We are still in conversation with SEA, and we are optimistic that an agreement will be reached so that we can get the school year off to a great start.
What other solutions besides increasing class size is the district exploring? I'm sure parents would like to know.
I was at the Executive Committee meeting this morning (thread to come) and they are holding their cards close to their vest but it would seem they believe any contract signed will come so close to the start of school that they will need to intro/approve the contract at the same Board meeting (as they did three years ago).