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    (11/5/2009) NEW HAVEN- In a unanimous vote this evening, the New Haven Board of Aldermen demonstrated overwhelming support for the New Haven Federation of Teachers contract and the School Change initiatives. Tonight’s approval of the teachers’ contract through unanimous consent allows the new agreement to kick-in as of the next fiscal year.

    The contract supports and promotes New Haven’s aggressive school reform initiative that has received national attention including praise from President Barack Obama in a speech he delivered in Madison, Wis. yesterday. This agreement, ratified in an 842 to 39 vote by teachers on October 13, covers Fiscal Year 2010-2011 through 2014-2015 and both parties agreed to a list of changes in the areas of: wages, healthcare, evaluations and work rules.

    “We are pleased by the unanimous support of the New Haven Board of Aldermen and applaud their efforts toward making New Haven the best urban school district in the nation,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “This new contract positions us, our schools, teachers and administrators to implement aggressive school reform initiatives that will catapult our schools to new levels of students achievement. Tonight’s vote demonstrates that we’ve not only made student success a priority for the Board of Education but that this is truly a Citywide priority.”


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