- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence’s teachers have voted to remove a provision in their contract that could have resulted in an 8 percent raise for educators.

WPRI-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1V7t2Yf ) the city’s teachers on Monday voted 268-51 to approve a change to the contract they agreed to in May.

In exchange, the city agreed to add language basing layoffs largely on seniority by classification.

Under the deal, teachers will receive a 1 percent increase for the current school year, a 1.75 percent increase at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year and a 1.5 percent increase on the final day of the 2016-17 school year.

The teachers worked the entire 2014-15 school year without a new contract

The deal must now be vetted by the City Council Finance Committee. It must be approved twice.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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