By Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The Rockford School Board and teachers’ union have agreed on a two-year contract that gives teachers raises and a temporary freeze on health insurance premiums.

The Rockford Register Star reports (https://bit.ly/1IYYfGd ) that Rockford Education Association members ratified the contract Monday and the school board approved it Tuesday. The contract gives public schools teachers a 2 percent raise this coming school year and a 1 percent raise the next year.

The union represents about 2,000 teachers. The contract will cost the district $5.9 million. It is retroactive to July 1 and expires June 30, 2017.

Teachers will have to pay health insurance increases after a six-month freeze. The contract also includes a reduction in maximum kindergarten class sizes.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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