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Update: Dec. 20 at 3:15 p.m.

Update: Dec. 20 at 3:15 p.m.

We are both surprised and saddened by the MFT (Teacher Chapter) request to file to move into mediation after just five sessions. We have made significant progress on reaching an agreement and our sessions, including the session on the date that MFT shared this request with MPS, have been productive. All of the sessions have been livestreamed and archived. Pursuant to state law, mediation is confidential and closes the process to the public, which is why it is our hope that we can continue bargaining in the manner which we have, in order to reach agreement as quickly and transparently as possible. 

The School Board agreed to consider the request to jointly file for mediation as quickly as possible; however, the opportunity was not given by MFT for the School Board to meet in advance of their filing, as a public notice period is required by law. Regardless of MFT’s rationale, doing so without giving the Board an opportunity to meet and process gives the impression to our community that we are not making progress. Our goal is to keep everyone informed of negotiations progress as transparently as possible.