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Teachers Offered 6% Increases; Newest Duval County Educators Would Begin Their Careers at a $32,750 Annual Salary

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Byline: TIA MITCHELL

The Duval County School Board and the teachers union agreed Wednesday on a 6 percent pay raise for teachers this year.

Terrie Brady, president of Duval Teachers United, said both sides worked hard to reach an agreement. "We believe in the pot of money that is here, that is a very equitable settlement," Brady said.

The contract agreement came during a meeting Wednesday that marked the first time in more than two months that both sides bargained face-to-face.

Under the new agreement, a first-year teacher with a bachelor's degree would make $32,750, compared with $31,000 last school year. Teachers with more than 23 years of experience and a master's degree would make $60,374, compared with $57,246 last year.

Non-economic items of the contract were resolved in June.

Previously, the union rejected the board's offer of a 5.5 percent pay increase for teachers and 4 percent pay increases for clerical workers and non-certified personnel.

The new settlement gives clerical workers a 5 percent pay increase and raises the pay of non-certified personnel by 5. …