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School district, Austin Education Association reach contract agreement

The Austin Public School (APS) District and the Austin Education Association announced Wednesday that they have reached a contract agreement.

The agreement includes no salary increases and no changes to insurance for the duration of the contract — the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 years. Approximately 85 percent of association members voted this week. Of voters, 91 percent voted yes to ratify the new contract.

The district and the association have been discussing contracts since last spring. An APS press release states that there was disappointment that the state did not increase funding, and both sides realized the difficult financial position of the district.

The school board will consider the agreement at a board meeting on Jan. 11.