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Board Offers St. Louis Teachers Salary Hike

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By Kevin Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis – The St. Louis school board is offering its teachers an eleventh-hour salary proposal in hopes of avoiding a strike.

The board approved a plan Tuesday that would bring teacher pay in line with five leading St. Louis County school districts.

It would also increase the total number of teacher workdays to 190 each year.

Teachers' union president Mary Armstrong says while she's encouraged by the offer, the members have not yet seen the terms in writing.

"We don't want to close the door on anything, but our executive board did vote to recommend to our membership to seek third party mediation," Armstrong said. "That's still something that I have the approval of the executive board to go forth with, if what we see is something that we feel is not palatable."

Armstrong said it's impossible to compare payscales among the city and county districts because of differences in how they measure a teacher's level of experience.

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