Detroit teachers union members ratify contract with district
The union representing Detroit teachers says its members have ratified a new deal with the city's new school district. The Detroit Federation of Teachers announced vote results late Wednesday.
The union says the contract isn't perfect, but includes pay increases - mostly in the form of bonuses, including a 3 percent bonus for instructors at the top of the salary scale.
Elementary school teachers also get an added period for preparation. The contract includes creating a committee to address teachers' health and safety concerns.
The Detroit district is formally known as the Detroit Public Schools Community District. It was created by the Legislature as part of a bailout of the old district.
The contract must be approved by the Detroit Financial Review Commission, which was set up during Detroit's bankruptcy.