MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — A new contract between Mount Pleasant Public Schools and its teachers reduces the educators’ salary schedule by 1.5 percent across the board, but retains step increases for eligible teachers and sets aside money for merit pay, according to The (Mount Pleasant) Morning Sun.

Teachers also will pay 10 percent toward the cost of their health care plans, which the district purchases from the Michigan Education Special Services Association, an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association, The Sun reported.

The one-year contract is expected to reduce spending by $600,000, according to The Sun.

The contract also sets up a “merit pool” fund, which will be used to reward the best teachers as determined by annual reviews, The Sun reported. Also, the new agreement restores payments to teachers for acting as advisers to various student clubs and other groups.

SOURCE:

The (Mount Pleasant) Morning Sun, “Mt. Pleasant teachers accept pay scale reduction, cost-sharing on health insurance,” Aug. 23, 2011

FURTHER READING:

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Average Teacher Salary in Michigan Rises Again,” April 14, 2011

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