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Indiana Teacher Union Officials Object to Higher Pay, no Bargaining for Empowerment Zone Teachers

Teachers in the South Bend, Indiana school district may be receiving a $10,000 increase in salary to work at certain schools designated Empowerment Zones.  Teacher union officials would not be able to negotiate monopoly bargaining contracts at these schools, and this has teacher union officials in an uproar.  Who will win the day?

Allie Kirkman has the story in the southbendtribune.com.

Cheryl Camacho’s presentation at the Civil Rights Heritage Center Wednesday evening was meant to highlight some of the South Bend Empowerment Zone’s successes so far and goals for its five turnaround schools going into next school year. But the mood quickly shifted as the audience — many wearing “Red for Ed” teachers’ union shirts — questioned changes coming to two of the zone’s five schools.

Next school year, teachers at Navarre Middle School and Coquillard Elementary School will be unable to join the district’s teachers’ union.