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A student leaves Dunbar Elementary School in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood Jan. 9, 2019. The district has proposed closing the school after this year.
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Updated 9:30 p.m., June 19, with results of recall vote — The president of the union representing St. Louis’ traditional public school teachers survived a recall vote Wednesday night. But the effort to oust her has created a clear fissure in the union.

Sally Topping is only two years into her first term as president of American Federation of Teachers Local 420. An executive board that predates her failed to oust her on charges she’s misled members and lacked financial transparency. Topping calls the claims weak and exaggerated.

(Patrick Wallace/St. Louis Public Schools)

St. Louis Public Schools employees will get raises for the first time since the 2008-2009 school year under a contract approved Tuesday night by the state-appointed Special Administrative Board that oversees the district.

Members of the American Federation of Teachers Local 420 voted overwhelmingly earlier in the week to approve the new three-year deal, which takes effect immediately.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 28, 2009 - The St. Louis Special Administrative Board voted Thursday night to approve an operating budget of $289 million and trim spending by another $53 million to prevent starting the next school term in red ink. The board also approved a two-year contract that calls for 3 percent pay raises each year for members of teachers union Local 420.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 27, 2009 - St. Louis Public School teachers and paraprofessionals ratified a new contract during a standing room only meeting Wednesday night at Carpenters' Hall, 1401 Hampton Ave.

Union officials did not offer an immediate vote count, but they said 95 percent of the district's teachers and 95 percent of its paraprofessionals voted to approve the contract.