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Teachers in Philadelphia have reached an agreement with the school district. Photo courtesy: Creative Commons.
Teachers in Philadelphia have reached an agreement with the school district. Photo courtesy: Creative Commons.

New contracts approved by Philly Teachers

An end to the teachers' five-year raise stall and four-year struggle with the school district has arrived.

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After much discussion, Philadelphia teachers have finally reached an agreement with the School District of Philadelphia according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Finally receiving the raises that they’ve sought after for five years, the school district and the teachers’ union can end their long-term battle over treatment and benefits.

Supported with a 95 percent vote by members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers union, the $35 billion deal offers retroactive pay to teachers to compensate for the lack of raises during the contract stalemate, according to NewsWorks.

The salary increases will be awarded to based on years of experience and advanced degrees.

The new contract will have new teachers earning $46,267 instead of the $45,360 and the highest earning teachers would make $91,854 instead of $90,051, according to Philly.com.

With the School Reform Commission ratifying the contract, it is set to last through August of 2020.

But the plan is not home free, the agreement includes $245 million more than the district has budgeted but according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, City Council President Darell L. Clarke said, he would  “continue to press our leaders in Harrisburg to fully fund all of Pennsylvania’s public schools.”

But Steve Miskin, a spokesman for Pa. House Republicans, told Philly.com that it “makes it very difficult to take any request from Philadelphia seriously when they do nothing that appears to help themselves – and then they negotiate a contract which they admit is based on fantasy.”

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