Mpls. teachers approve new contract

Minneapolis teachers have voted to accept a contract with the school district.

President Lynn Nordgren of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers said 83 percent of voting members supported the contract Saturday.

The contract calls for Minneapolis teachers to work four extra school days, and about an hour more per week. They would be paid a little more than $3,000 more a year for the extra time in the classroom.

The contract also includes two preparation days for teachers during the opening week of school. And it limits class sizes in an effort to improve student performance at 16 struggling Minneapolis schools. The school board will vote Tuesday on whether to ratify the contract.

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