Teachers have been on strike since March 6.
According to the superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, the Minneapolis Federation of teachers and educational support professionals reached a tentative agreement with Minneapolis Public Schools on Friday to end their week-long strike.
The agreement came after 21 days of continuous negotiations, according to MPS Superintendent Ed Graf.
Among their demands are teachers and ESPs for living wages for ESP, systemic changes to recruit and retain teachers of color, more mental health support, smaller class sizes and competitive salaries that retain licensed educators, according to the MFT’s Safe and Stable school website. .
There was “a lot of progress and momentum” with teachers in Thursday’s talks, followed by progress with ESPs, Graf said at a news conference Friday.
Graf said there was an agreement with teachers at 3:30, then an agreement with ESP at 3:40 on Friday.
The deal is still awaiting a vote of MFT members to approve the deal. A spokesman for the MPS told ABC News that details of the deal would not be released until after the vote.
“At the end of the day, we were all able to come together and I believe this is a fair deal for both our teachers and our educational support professionals.” Graf says.
The MFT says the “historic” agreement has significant victories for students.
“4,500 MFT members went on strike for these agreements. Details will be released soon, but it is important to note that education support supports the benefits of professional salaries, protection of color teachers, class size caps and mental health,” the MFT said in a statement posted online. Said.
After months of negotiations, 97% of voting teachers and 98% of voting ESPs voted in favor of approving the strike. Teachers began their walkout on March 8, the first MFT in more than 50 years.
MPS says students will return to class on Monday, pending MFT membership vote.
“We all know that teachers and ESPs make our schools a learning site that is an important part of what our students and families depend on. I am extremely grateful for their work, determination and dedication,” Graf said.
“We’ve always tried to keep our students focused throughout this whole process and at the end of the day, again, we’re going to make a difference for our kids to come together,” Graf says.
The MPS says that by adding minutes to school days, schools can waste academic time by using extended or non-contact student days as school days. The date of the graduation ceremony is not affected and will proceed as planned.