YPSILANTI, Mich. - Lincoln Consolidated Schools teachers have agreed to a salary schedule freeze in exchange for retaining Choices II health insurance through the Michigan Education Special Services Association, The Ann Arbor News reported.

Teachers agreed to a freeze for the first year only of a new, three-year contract, followed by further wage negotiations in the second and third years, according to The News. The freeze affects only the overall salary range; teachers who move up the salary schedule due to advanced degrees or years of experience still will receive increased pay, The News reported. The current salary range is $35,580 to $82,125.

Jackie Schock, president of the 319-member Lincoln Education Association, said that members agreed to the freeze because of the district's financial situation, according to The News. The district recently made $228,000 in budget reductions and more are anticipated, The News reported.

The Ann Arbor News, "Lincoln teachers accept wage freeze," Nov. 26, 2008

Michigan Education Digest, "Teachers opt to leave MESSA, get pay hike," Nov. 17, 2008

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