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Mpls. Teachers, District Reach Tentative Contract

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis teachers’ union and the Minneapolis Public Schools have reached a tentative contract agreement, the two groups said Monday evening.

The contract is for 2009-2011. Both the members of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Minneapolis School Board have to vote for the contract to take effect.

Both of those votes are expected in January.

Details of the contract were not immediately released. The groups said more details about the contract would be available after Jan. 3, when Minneapolis Public Schools return from winter break.

The negotiations took 1 1/2 years. During the negotiations, the district wanted to freeze salaries and eliminate automatic pay increases. It also decided not to make payouts under a system that pays teachers extra for working outside the classroom to improve their skills.

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