Easton Area teachers approved deep concessions to avoid massive layoffs that threatened to cripple the Easton school district. The teachers collectively offered to give up more than $30 million in contractual raises over the next 4 years.
With the potential loss of 160 teachers they agreed to a pay freeze for the 2011-2012 school year. They also voted on a salary schedule reconstruction, with a 2-year extension and a major reduction in raises. Stipends for coaching will also be adjusted. Tuition reimbursement will also be cut in half.
A study released just last week by state professional organizations indicated that nearly 70% of school districts in the state were considering laying off teachers.
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