Teachers in 2 Wash. districts OK contracts

SEATTLE (AP) - Teachers in two Washington school districts including Seattle have approved new contracts just in time for classes to start as scheduled Wednesday.

Teachers in the Snoqualmie Valley school district east of Seattle don't have a contract but classes there are also expected to begin Wednesday. KING-TV reports ( http://is.gd/yTHYcl) that Snoqualmie Valley teachers voted Tuesday to strike if there is no contract agreement by Sunday.

The Seattle Times reports ( http://is.gd/GZhS9F) that a new two-year contract in Seattle was approved by voice vote Tuesday with about 1,500 of the district's 3,000 teachers in attendance. The newspaper says the offer included raises and compromises on a number of issues, including the use of test scores to judge how well teachers are doing their jobs.

In Port Orchard, members of the South Kitsap Education Association gave overwhelming approval Tuesday to a new three-year contract. The Kitsap Sun reports ( http://is.gd/N6RWC8) that union President John Richardson says the agreement makes "real progress" on class sizes.

A union spokeswoman says that contract was approved by 96 percent of the 412 union members who voted. The union has 550 members.

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Information from The Seattle Times is included in this report.


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