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Anoka-Hennepin Teachers Begin Merit Pay Vote

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COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The teachers in the state’s largest school district will start voting Tuesday on a merit pay and enhanced evaluation program that could bring in about $10 million a year to the Anoka-Hennepin public schools.

Teachers union president Julie Blaha says the voting on the Q Comp program will continue Wednesday and official results are expected Thursday.

If at least 75 percent of the teachers who vote approve the program, and the school board signs off, she says it would trigger about $6.5 million in state money and permit the district to levy another $3.5 million.

The state Department of Education has already approved the district’s application.

Under Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget, Anoka-Hennepin would be the last district to qualify for Q Comp funding.

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