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Tentative agreement reached between Alberta teachers and province

The office of the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) in downtown Calgary on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. (PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 NEWS)

A tentative agreement is now on the table between Alberta teachers and school board representatives.

The two parties have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), completing the first step of the updated collective bargaining process.

According to a government news release, details are still confidential and will not be released until it’s been ratified.

A list of matters on the negotiating table was agreed on back in June of last year.

The central agreement is the first step in the new collective bargaining model set up by the Public Education Collective Bargaining Act and once ratified, it’ll apply to all teachers in public, separate and Francophone school authorities.

They’ll begin to bargain on local matters after ratification.

Alberta Teachers Association members will vote online on whether or not to approve the document while school jurisdiction representatives will vote on May 24.

“We believe that we have reached an agreement that offers significant value for teachers and for public education,” said ATA President Mark Ramsankar in a statement. “Within it are some very important measures to enhance to the conditions of practice for teachers that will allow them greater opportunity to focus on meeting the needs of their students.”

Details of the agreement will remain confident until all interested parties have had a chance to vote and ratify the agreement.