The Tacoma Education Association, and the Tacoma Public School District reach tentative agreement and school will begin on Monday, September 17

9/14/2018 | TACOMA, Washington

The Tacoma Education Association, and the Tacoma Public School District have reached an agreement and school will begin on Monday, September 17,

The final settlement included:

  • 14.4 percent overall increase for certificated staff, including teachers
  • 14 percent overall increase for professional technical employees
  • 19 percent overall increase for office professionals.
  • 3 percent increase plus the implicit price deflator (IPD) in excess of 2 percent for all TEA bargaining units 2019-2020, which provides the school district with budget predictability next school year. (IPD represents an index used to gauge inflation in the economy.)
  • We will offer among the most competitive salaries in the Puget Sound region and retain our advantage to attract and retain the best educators.
  • Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Education Association and WEA have agreed in a joint statement that the state’s funding formula inequitably funded Tacoma Public Schools compared to other districts and the parties would work together on a legislative solution. 
  • Fortunately, we received a letter last week from eight of our Tacoma-area legislators who committed to working with us on new legislation to fix the inequities in the state’s education funding formula that have dramatically harmed Tacoma Public Schools.
  • Initial calculations indicate, Tacoma Public Schools will face a projected $38 million budget deficit for the 2019-2020 school year—if we don’t get legislative action. 
  • TPS leadership will begin immediately to review cost-saving measures for the current school year to reduce the deficit impact next school year.

joint agreement