MEMPHIS, Mich. — Teachers in Memphis Community Schools have agreed to a two-year freeze on step pay increases as part of a budget-cutting process, The (New Baltimore) Voice reported.

The district's teachers, support employees and bus drivers all agreed to reopen their contracts with the district to make concessionary changes, including the step freeze, a furlough day and less expensive prescription drug coverage, Superintendent Frank Johnson said, according to The Voice.

School board members said the district wants to protect its educational programs, among them participation in a middle college program in which students can earn a high school diploma and associate's degree in 13 years; an accelerated math program coordinated with Michigan State University, and an online credit recovery program, The Voice reported.

SOURCE:
The (New Baltimore) Voice, "Step freeze, furlough days agreed to in Memphis," Feb. 2, 2011

FURTHER READING:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Michigan School Databases, "Agreement between the Board of Education and Memphis Education Association," 2009-2013

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