The state's teachers union said Monday that three more school districts approved contract settlements with their teachers in the waning hours before a deadline Friday night.
With last-minute pacts ratified in Morris, Goodridge, and Wadena-Deer Creek, Education Minnesota now says 25 districts missed Friday's deadline. Those districts face a penalty from the state of $25 per pupil.
The union had predicted earlier on Friday that as many as 35 districts could miss the deadline, but a flurry of activity allowed that list to shrink. Other districts that called last-minute board meetings on Friday to ratify deals include Bemidji and North Branch.
The late scramble, however, was still not enough to prevent what is likely to be a record amount of fines levied against districts; Minneapolis alone will be fined about $800,000.
Every district in Minnesota is on the same schedule for teacher contracts, which last for two years. The average cost-of-living pay increase for teachers statewide this year is less than 1 percent in each year of the contract.
Some contracts that don't include cost-of-living increases, which raise the entire pay scale, do still include so-called "step-and-lane" increases. These are raises built into the pay scale for years of experience and additional education.
Education Minnesota says the following districts missed Friday's deadline:
- * Benton Stearns Education District
- * BOLD
- * Brainerd
- * Carlton
- * Carver-Scott County Coop
- * Eastern Carver County (Chaska)
- * Edina
- * Floodwood
- * Frazee
- * Grand Rapids
- * Hibbing
- * Houston
- * Independent School District 287
- * Lake of the Woods
- * Lac qui Parle Valley
- * Lincoln
- * Luverne
- * Minneapolis
- * Nashwauk/Keewatin
- * Nicollet
- * Remer-Northland Community
- * St. Cloud
- * South Koochiching-Rainy River
- * Winona
- * Yellow Medicine East