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Anoka-Hennepin Teachers Reject Merit Pay Program

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COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A merit pay and enhanced evaluation program didn’t get the support of enough teachers in the state’s largest school district to pass.

Local teachers union president Julie Blaha says 75 percent of the teachers who voted this week needed to support the Q Comp program to send it to the Anoka-Hennepin School Board for final approval.

She says on Thursday that only 59 percent of the 2,034 teachers who voted supported the plan.

If it had been approved, it would have triggered $6.5 million in state money and would have permitted the district to levy another $3.5 million.

Blaha says some teachers apparently rejected the proposal because they thought it was inappropriate to get bonus pay when class sizes were growing.

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