Tentative agreement reached on teachers contract

A tentative agreement was reached in contract talks between Minneapolis Public Schools and its teachers union around noon Monday, the district announced today on its website.

The notice said further details of the agreement would not be made public until leaders from both the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the district were briefed on the terms.

Talks on the 2007-2009 teachers contract began in March. As recently as December, reports indicated both side remained far apart on key issues.

Minneapolis Board of Education members said a new teachers contract was key to achieving goals laid out in the district’s long-term strategic plan, a set of guiding recommendations developed last year after months of research. In part, the board aimed to change current seniority-based hiring practices, a move the teachers union opposed.