Lawrence Township teachers to receive 3 percent raise

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The Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township and the Lawrence Education Association recently reached a tentative agreement for the 2019-20.

Some of the highlights of the agreement include a 3 percent base raise for all teachers, up to an additional $2,000 applied to the equalization of salary gaps between internal district

teachers and those hired externally, which may result in up to a 6.9 percent raise as a result and a .5 percent increase to the 401(a)-contribution match.

Beginning teacher salary jumped to $43,000 from $42,622, and there was an increase to the extracurricular account fund of $85,000. There also was no insurance premium increase for 2020.

The agreement equates to a district investment of approximately $2.3 million. This is MSDLT’s sixth consecutive year of providing raises to teachers.

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