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Battle Ground teachers, schools reach agreement

School begins Monday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- At long last, Battle Ground is heading back to school. 

Battle Ground teachers, who had been striking since August 29, reached a contract agreement with Battle Ground Public School on Saturday night before nearly unanimously ratifying the deal on Sunday.

With the strike over, teachers are now excited to get back in their classrooms on Monday. 

"It's going to be a celebration," said Linda Peterson, the president of the Battle Ground Education Association. 

Ninety-nine percent of the teachers voted yes on Sunday with only six teachers voting against the two-year deal. 

Talks between the teachers and school district have been tense. The district threatened to withhold teachers' health benefits from their September salaries if they didn't return by Monday.

On Friday, a judge ordered the teachers back to the classroom, but they voted to keep striking anyway.

The school district announced Saturday that bargaining went on until 3:30 a.m. Saturday and resumed later in the morning. 

The teachers wanted to make sure they got the money given to the school district from the McLeary Supreme Court ruling, which gave districts millions to fund basic education. 

"They were not going to give up until they saw that money," said Peterson. "They tried all of the scare tactics that they had and they ran out and it did not stop our members from standing strong in solidary to say 'this money was sent for salaries."


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