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Baltimore Principals Approve New Union Contract

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Before sitting in the Oval Office, many former presidents worked in the classroom as schoolteachers including John Adams, James Garfield, Chester Arthur and Lyndon Johnson. (credit: AP)

Before sitting in the Oval Office, many former presidents worked in the classroom as schoolteachers including John Adams, James Garfield, Chester Arthur and Lyndon Johnson. (credit: AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Union officials say Baltimore school administrators have ratified a deal that would make city principals among the highest paid in the state.

The Public School Administrators and Supervisors Association ratified its contract after members voted last week to approve the deal, which includes a 2 percent retroactive pay raise and $1,800 stipend. The contract also offers an incentive of $5,000 to $10,000 to administrators who choose to work in the neediest schools.

The president of the union, Jimmy Gitttings, describes the three-year contract as “unprecedented” and insists the focus is to “continue the aggressive achievement” of students.

School officials say the contract will cost the district $7 million, or about $400,000 more than the previous contract would have cost over the same period.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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