Unlike Seattle and some other districts across the state, Spokane Public Schools averted a teacher strike in the 11th hour, reaching an agreement on increasing teacher pay that met to the satisfaction of the union there. That meant schools opened on time for the 30,125 students in Spokane. But some district officials are now wondering aloud how they are going to pay for that contract, blaming the union for putting the district in the position of having to choose between closing schools or agreeing to a contract they can’t afford.
Eli Francovich of The Spokesman Review reports that district officials are stating the new teacher contract has blown a hole in what was a balanced budget for the upcoming school year. This means the district must look to other areas of the budget to cut, including SAT fees, before or after-school care and lunch programs.
It’s unclear whether other districts like Seattle will also be forced to cut other programs to pay for higher salaries negotiated this year.
Read more at The Spokesman Review here.