ALAMEDA -- Teachers and representatives of the Alameda Unified School District reached a tentative contract Thursday night, capping 10 months of negotiations that twice stalled when teachers declared an impasse.

Details are not being disclosed until the rank-and-file of the Alameda Education Association can review the agreement and vote, which is expected to take place within the next few weeks.

"Settling this contract is an important step toward making educators and our classrooms a priority again in the Alameda Unified School District," said Gray Harris, president of the 524-member association.

During the talks, the district offered teachers a 2.5 percent ongoing raise, plus an opportunity to reopen salary talks next January. Teachers were seeking a 4.5 percent raise over two years.

The tentative agreement comes in the wake of teachers rallying Tuesday outside City Hall and marching into the school board meeting, where they called on trustees for support. Among those on also hand were Alameda firefighters, members of the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers unions, as well as representatives of the California School Employees Association.

In April, teachers overwhelmingly rejected another tentative contract, saying it would have cut time for classroom instruction, failed to offset previous pay cuts and did not go far enough in lowering class sizes. It offered teachers a one-time bonus equal to 1 percent of their salary, plus a 1.5 percent raise.

Alameda teachers have not had a raise since 2008.


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The Alameda Education Association is affiliated with the 325,000-member California Teachers Association and the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.

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