Scranton Teacher Federation reaches tentative agreement with the school district

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Scranton Federation of Teachers announced Friday that it has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Scranton School District.

According to the Scranton Federation of Teachers, the terms of the tentative agreement will not be announced until more than 800 members of the federation have reviewed and voted on it.

The strike started on November 3rd which sidelined more than 9,000 students and more than 800 teachers.

The union says the school will reopen on Monday and teachers will vote on the contract proposal the following day on November 23rd.

“It’s sad that it had to turn to the kids sitting out because that’s who gets affected the most is the children. So I was just distraught really a little upset,” explained parent Stephon Jones.

“When we look at the teachers, we trust them with our kids during the day, we trust them to educate our kids, we should trust them to make their own decisions about what’s needed in the schools,” said parent Daniel Allan.

In a statement the President of the Scranton Teacher Federation stated:

“I am thrilled that we have reached an agreement after nearly three tough weeks at the table and on the picket lines. We worked hard to make sure that we did right by every student as well as their educators. We said throughout the strike that we can’t cut our way to recovery and leave educators and students worse off. We now have to reverse course and invest more in our schools so we can give our kids the opportunity to have a quality foundation for the rest of their lives.”

President Rosemary Boland, Scranton Federation of Teachers

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