Mpls. district, teachers reach tentative agreement

Published 8:33 am Tuesday, December 28, 2010

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis school district says it has reached a tentative contract settlement with its teachers.

District officials say the announcement was made Monday.

Details of the settlement aren’t expected to be released before next Monday. That’s according to a message sent to district employees and signed by Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and Minneapolis Federation of Teachers President Lynn Nordgren.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune says the tentative contract must still be approved by teachers and the school board.

The negotiations took 1½ years. They were often acrimonious, particularly over two sticking points.

The district wanted to freeze salaries and eliminate automatic pay increases. It also decided not to make payouts under a system that pays teachers extra for working outside the classroom to improve their skills.