News in Brief
New Contract Would Give Chicago Teachers Raises
Chicago teachers would get 4 percent annual raises over the next five years, under a tentative contract settlement.
The agreement holds off for another three years any increases in health-care costs, and gives additional raises of $1,750 each year to teachers who are nationally certified.
Union delegates voted to approve the contract Sept. 1, and the entire membership was expected to vote this week. The school board could vote on Sept. 26, said Mike Vaughn, a spokesman for the Chicago public schools.
Under the tentative contract, the starting pay for teachers would increase by $1,616, to $42,021. Teachers’ average pay would increase by $2,240, to $58,240.
The union fought off an administration proposal that would have extended the school day by 45 minutes.
Vol. 27, Issue 03, Page 4