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Baltimore Teachers Approve Contract, Performance-Based Pay

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Teachers approved the contract weeks after they rejected a previous plan. The new pact ties teacher salaries to student performance.

Teachers wanted details on how they could advance under the new career ladder, and it appears they got the details they needed. The unofficial tally of the vote tonight shows 1,900 teachers approved the contract, and 1,000 voted against it.

The big change: Baltimore teachers will no longer get automatic raises based on tenure or the number of advanced degrees they have. Instead, teachers will get promotions in salary increases based on professional development -– in the form of what's called "achievement units" –- and also on evaluation.

But exactly how teachers will be evaluated remains unclear.

Baltimore Teachers Union Chief Marietta English says the state of Maryland must first develop statewide guidelines before the city can determine its own evaluation system.

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