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Amsterdam teachers approve 4-year contract

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Teachers will forego a raise this year under a new contract approved Wednesday in the Greater Amsterdam School District. The agreement with the 300-member Amsterdam Teachers Association is expected to save the district $800,000 through a switch in health insurance provider and teachers will receive incremental raises starting in the 2013-14 school year, according to an announcement from the district. The switch to a Blue Cross health insurance plan, which cuts $250,000 in costs for ...

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April 18, 2013
4:26 p.m.

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To believe that raises of 0% + 1% + 1.25% + 1.5% + 1.75% = 5.5% in total, you must use the "new math" of New York teacher contracts. However, to calculate the value of a teacher contract doing arithmetic in the old-fashioned way, you must consider their automatic "step increases" of about 3% per year, bringing the total increase in any one teacher's salary over the five years to more than 20%.

And lest you think Ms. Bush, the GASD Board President might think this was "wrong" in some way, consider the fact that her annual pension from the NYS Teachers Retirement System is $87,298!