Anchorage teachers reach tentative agreement; Juneau teachers head to arbitration

The Anchorage School District has reached a tentative three-year agreement with teachers.

The Anchorage Education Association contract expired Juneau 30th.  If the tentative agreement is ratified, it would end June 2016.

The proposal offers teachers a $1,500 bonus in the first and third years, a 1 percent pay raise each year, plus step increases for longevity or additional education.   Teachers on a so-called “plan for improvement” would not be eligible for those increases.

The Anchorage district also would pay more toward teachers’ health insurance costs in the second and third years of the agreement.

Meanwhile, Juneau teachers will start school next week without a contract.

The Juneau Education Association and Juneau School District reached impasse in April then went into mediation, which failed.

School district spokeswoman Kristin Bartlett says the two sides are now set for arbitration, which begins October 18.

Juneau teachers worked last school year under a one-year agreement that expired June 30th.