ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Anchorage School Board unanimously approved a new three-year contract for teachers Monday.
The contract, effective July 1, is a $17.8 million increase over the current agreement despite concerns that the district's budget can't support it.
The contract gives the 3,300 Anchorage Education Association members raises and higher medical contributions. The union voted last week to approve the agreement.
Teachers will now move up one or two steps on the salary schedule in the next school year. Those at the top would receive one-time $980 payments. In the 2003-04 school year, union employees will see 2 percent raises across the board, with another 2 percent raise the following year.
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