Tucson school district approves teacher pay raises

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's second largest school district is giving raises to teachers and one-time stipends to support staff.

The board of the Tucson Unified School District this week approved a budget for the next school year that includes nearly $6 million to fund raises.

New teachers in the district will make $40,200 — an increase of about $1,500 from the starting pay last year. Other teachers will also get pay increases of about $1,500.

The district's executive director of financial services, Renee Weatherless, told the Arizona Daily Star that employees such as custodians, teaching assistants, nurses and secretaries will get one-time stipends of $350.

The district's occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists will receive 1% step increases, so the amount varies depending on the individual's experience.

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