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Teacher contract increases pay and burdens budget

Teacher contract increases pay and burdens budget

An innovative teachers contract designed to tie pay to performance has given Baltimore's teachers some of the best salaries in the state — but it's also expensive for the city school system.

The starting salary for teachers in Baltimore is $48,400. That's comparable to the pay offered by Boston, Austin and Cleveland, but more than the salaries of teachers in other big systems in the region.

The top pay for a Baltimore teacher is nearly $103,000. Only Montgomery County has a higher maximum pay.

Seven years ago, city school leaders were desperate to stem the turnover of city teachers, and to hold on to the best. New teachers would come at the beginning of their careers,...