Harrisburg teachers accept new contract deal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Harrisburg teachers voted 9-0 in favor of a new contract that will give them their first salary increases in five years.

Before Tuesday night’s school board meeting, teachers agreed to accept the new deal, ending a previous contract that lasted more than 1,400 days.

According to a press release, the teachers’ salary increases are in exchange for higher health-care premiums.

“We believe this is a good start, but a lot of work still has to be done,” said Jody Barksdale, president of the Harrisburg Education Association.

In a recent survey, 60 percent of Harrisburg’s teachers said they were actively looking for new employment. Four hundred teachers have left the district in the past four years.

The school board is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on whether to accept the city’s proposed recovery plan. Under the plan is a proposal to put great emphasis on standardized testing.

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