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Peoria Teachers Get Two Year Contract

Tanya Koonce
Peoria Public Radio

The Board of Education for Peoria Public Schools voted Tuesday night to approve a new two-year contract with its teachers union. Teachers had overwhelmingly voted for approval Monday evening. The pact calls for a two-percent salary increase in each of the two years. That will add about two-million dollars annually to the school district’s budget.

The agreement also caps tuition reimbursement at 90-percent of the current Illinois State University rate for teachers who advance their education. Teachers must remain in the district for two years after completing the course work or forfeit the payment. The contract is retroactive to July 1 when the previous contract expired. It expires June 30 of 2018 and covers about 11-hundred members of the Peoria Federation of Teachers union.

The board voted five-to-nothing for approval with one member absent and another abstaining because his wife is a teacher