Baltimore Teachers Union announces tentative contract

The Baltimore Teachers Union announced Tuesday a tentative contract that would give city teachers a 1 percent raise every year until 2016 and revise a career ladder introduced in 2010 that allowed teachers to move up the pay ladder faster.

According to the agreement, which can be viewed here,  teachers will receive an automatic 1 percent pay raise next month, in addition to 1 percent raises in July 2014 and July 2015. The union's health care also stays intact.

Teachers are still eligible to earn more money by moving up four levels of career pathways -- standard, professional, model and lead -- as they accumulate credits called "achievement units."
But teachers will no longer be grandfathered into the pathways, nor will they earn credits for things like previously completed coursework. 

Union leaders lauded the agreement, which teachers will vote to accept or reject Feb. 6.

“This contract is even better than the last one,” Marietta English, president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, said in a statement. “We changed some language in the contract and we were able to get pay raises over the next three years, I think teachers will be very pleased.”

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