We are coming together as educators, families, and community members to demand the great public schools our future demands.
Our students deserve more one-on-one attention from dedicated and well-qualified educators. They deserve modern classrooms and culturally relevant curriculum that prepares them for our increasingly diverse and interdependent world.
This is the vision for our schools that Portland teachers are working to win through our contract negotiations.
What We're Fighting For
Too many schools don’t have enough staff to support students who need mental health support.
Too many classes are so large that there aren’t enough desks for each child.
Too many students are being asked to learn in temperatures over 90 degrees.
Our PAT bargaining team is working hard. They are ready to bargain and to come to a deal, but we won’t settle unless we see serious improvements for our students. We want a contract that ensures we can improve our schools and win for our students for the long term.
Show Your Solidarity
We are grateful to have the community’s support in this fight. Now, it’s time to ensure the district sees that it is past time for a contract that ensures the schools our students learn in and that educators work in are safe, welcoming, and fully-funded.
Filling out our Solidarity Form is a great way to get the latest information on actions and ways to show your support.
Once you sign our form, let the world know you stand with Portland educators! Print out or share the graphics below to make your support public:
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Dig in Deeper
There is often misinformation about negotiations and the stances of the Portland Association of Teachers. Make sure you know what is true! Read our resources below to hear from PAT and PPS and learn more about the fight for Portland schools, students, and teachers.
Our 'Manufactured Crisis' Report
Portland Public Schools district leaders failed to invest in Portland's schools, and in direct student support at a time when student academic, social, and mental health needs are high, post-pandemic.
Our 'Manufactured Crisis' report examines budget decisions PPS district leaders made even after being warned by oversight bodies that reduced funding dedicated to instruction and cut licensed staff that work directly with students, including teachers and counselors.
PAT and PPS Bargaining Proposals
The conditions right now are unsustainable. We need to raise pay to keep educators in the district, we need to give kids smaller class sizes so they can get the attention they need to learn. Click on the links below to read the final proposals from PAT and PPS and explore recent correspondence regarding our bargaining sessions.
- Read and Share PAT's Final Proposal, September 22nd
Read the District's Final Proposal, September 22nd
- Article 6-Work Year PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Article 7-Work Day PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Article 8-Workload PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Article 11-School Improvement Councils PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Article 14-Mileage-Parking PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Article 17-Leaves PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Article 21-Mentor Program PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Article 22-Professional Growth PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Article 23-Rights and Just Cause PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- New Article -Enrollment Stabilization Plan PAT Counter Proposal, June 5, 2023
- Recent PAT/PPS Correspondence Regarding Bargaining
Compare the actual offer from PPS and how it fails to invest in Portland schools (click on the image to open a larger version):
The Oregon Department of Education posted inaccurate information on its website about PPS’ budget. They have now updated the data, and as soon as we analyze them, we will provide updated fliers. Thank you for your patience!
Our Bargaining Strategy
PAT is following a "Bargaining for the Common Good" bargaining strategy. This type of bargaining put the needs of the community as a central part of negotiations. We have prioritized engaging community, expanding the scope of bargaining, centering racial justice in our demands, exposing the bad actors and strengthening organizing.
Click below to learn we're at in our bargaining timeline and how we're advocating for what our community and educators know is best for Portland schools.
Share the Facts
Print out these fliers and share with your community to ensure they are getting the correct information about the Portland Public School budget, see the support we have received from state political leaders, and know about the programs that exist to support Portland families. Click on each image to open a larger version to download and print.
Flier: PPS - A Failure to Invest
Letter of Support: A Note from Rep. Maxine Dexter, Rep. Lisa Reynolds, and Sen. Elizabeth Steiner
Flier: Supports for PDX Families