Lawrence Teachers Union Considering Proposal To Hike Teacher Salaries

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LAWRENCE (CBS) – Usually when a community or school department go into state receivership budgets get trimmed and staff face layoffs.

However, the receivership running Lawrence’s troubled school system is proposing the exact opposite.

Lawrence’s teachers union meets Wednesday to look at the proposal.

The proposal would raise teachers’ pay.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Receiver Jeff Riley’s plan would create five tiers of performance and a top Lawrence teacher could quickly make $85,000 to $100,000 a year.

Even starting salaries would jump from $40,000 to $44,000.

It would cost Lawrence three- and-a-half-million in the next school budget — money they don’t really have right now.

Riley’s proposal would also preserve teacher benefits in hopes of keeping good teachers in the schools.

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