School board approves new contract with Portland teachers

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Public Schools signed off on a new contract with its teachers union, ending the chance of a teachers' strike. 

The district's board ratified the contract unanimously at Monday night's meeting, four nights after the teachers voted to accept the tentative agreement reached between negotiators last month.
 
According to the district, it agreed to bring on another 150 educators next year to reduce teachers' workload. The new deal also allows PPS to add two instructional days in the next school year and up to three days for professional development. Teachers will receive a 2.3 percent pay increase every year over the next three years.
 
The two sides had negotiated a contract for roughly 10 months and teachers had authorized a strike in February. The tentative agreement came two days before teachers were set to walk off the job.