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Teachers' Union Executive Board Approves Contract Agreement

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The new teachers' contract agreed upon last week by the mayor and teachers' union is one step closer to approval.

The teachers' union's executive board approved the agreement Monday evening.

The contract will now go in front of the UFT Delegate Assembly Wednesday.

If it's approved, a vote by the entire active membership will take place via secret mail ballot.

The nine-year deal would begin retroactively in 2009, when the last contract expired.

It provides for pay increases and incentives for teachers who stay in so called "hard-to-staff" schools.

The deal also allows for more professional development, parent involvement and parent-teacher conferences, and increased spending for health care.

Opponents of the plan, including the UFT's social justice caucus, say the agreement's pay raises do not meet cost of living increases.

They also say it doesn't address diversity issues within the union, teacher evaluation and non-teacher staffing.

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