St. Paul Teachers Rally Over Contract Proposal

Updated: 01/30/2014 5:11 PM
Created: 01/30/2014 7:15 AM
By: Scott Theisen

St. Paul teachers didn't let the winter weather stop them from rallying for change Thursday morning. They've been in contract negotiations for eight months now and want a solution.

The St. Paul Federation of Teachers estimates about 2,000 educators, parents, students, community members and teachers rallied outside more than 50 St. Paul schools.

Teachers wore red scarves outside Open World Learning Community, Maxfield Magnet School, and American Indian Magnet School.

The teachers rallied before walking into work – all at the same time – for the start of the day.

Contract negotiations have been going on for eight months now; they started last May. The union is pushing for smaller class sizes, less standardized testing, more access to pre-kindergarten, and more librarian, nursing and counseling positions.

The district has responded to these demands, saying that to make all of the union proposals happen it would cost $100 million over the two-year contract. They also say that if standardized testing were dropped the district could risk losing $60 million in federal money.

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