An agreement was reached in the St. Paul public school district on the morning of Monday, Feb. 12. The announcement came just before the teachers were about to go on strike, but then the teachers union came to an agreement for a new contract.
The agreement that was reached incorporates all three negotiating components that they asked for which contained 3,200 teachers, educational assistants and professional staff. The strike was set to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 12, but at 2 a.m. on Monday morning the St. Paul Federation of Teachers announced the possibility for a strike was no more.
The disagreement went on for seven days in a row and the district stated there was no way it could afford a 2.5 percent raise that the union intended to receive. Additionally, another negotiation that the district wanted to make was getting larger class sizes even though the union called for smaller class sizes particularly for English and special ed kids.