NEW YORK (AP) — New York City public school teachers have reached a tentative deal on a new union contract that includes extra pay for positions that are hard to staff.
The 43-month agreement announced Thursday between the city and the United Federation of Teachers also includes raises of 2 percent in 2019, 2.5 percent in 2020, and 3 percent in 2021.
Under the deal, up to 180 schools that have struggled to retain teachers will be able to pay $5,000 to $8,000 extra for teachers in hard-to-staff positions. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he expects most of those jobs to be in the Bronx in subject areas like science.
The contract also includes plans for a new screening test to determine whether prospective teachers are psychologically suitable. The test is being developed.
The contract covers 129,000 workers. They include 79,000 teachers plus guidance counselors, social workers, paraprofessionals, and school psychologists.