Baltimore teachers begin voting on contract

Baltimore teachers are expected to begin voting Wednesday on whether to ratify a new contract that would do away with the old system of paying teachers based on seniority and education degrees and instead pay teachers based in part on how effective they are in the classroom.

Voting will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Teachers Union Office at 5800 Metro Drive in Baltimore. The voting will continue Thursday at the Polytechnic Institute and Western High School complex on Cold Spring Lane and Falls Road from noon to 3 p.m.

Two informational meetings will be held, one this evening from 5 to 7 at the BTU office and a second formal presentation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday at Poly.

The innovative contract would allow teachers who are effective and ambitious to move quickly through the ranks and earn up to $100,000 a year, as well as give teachers more input on working conditions in their schools. It would also link teachers' pay in part to their students' performance.

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