November 18, 2018
By: Tegan Hanlon
The Anchorage School District and the teachers union released more details Friday about the terms of the three-year contract that they tentatively agreed to this week.
That contract proposal includes increases to union members’ salaries and to the district’s contribution toward their health insurance premiums. The proposed pay increase is more than what the school district originally proposed, but less than what the union asked for.
The proposal also includes a slew of other new additions, including some to the “academic freedom” portion of the contract such as: Union members may provide their students with additional time for physical activity. The proposed contract also addresses increasing collaboration with teachers about changes to classroom practices and programs.
The contract, however, isn’t yet a done deal.
The Anchorage School Board and the union members themselves still must vote to approve the contract before it takes effect. The union has roughly 3,300 members including schoolteachers, counselors and nurses. They’re currently working under the terms of a contract that expired June 30.
Bargaining teams for the school district and the union, the Anchorage Education Association, reached the tentative contract agreement late Wednesday night after months of negotiations.
Officials with the district and union released details of the proposed contract in a joint, written statement Friday and at a press conference.
“We feel we have an excellent school district. We have excellent people and we’re ready to move forward,” said Anchorage Schools Superintendent Deena Bishop.
Here’s some of what’s included in the proposed contract: