Montgomery County Public Schools teachers have approved a new contract that will provide raises totaling 5.5 percent over three years, but also includes an increase in the amount educators pay for health insurance.
The Washington Post reports the contract ratified last week follows the financial terms negotiated with other school employee organizations. School officials say the total cost for new compensation for the system's 22,000 employees is $35.8 million.
The new contract for teachers includes incentives for high-performing teachers to work in 57 high-poverty schools. An initiative is supposed to begin adding student feedback into teacher evaluations, bring teacher feedback into principal evaluations and add principal feedback into associate superintendent evaluations.
Teacher salaries will increase 1.5 percent in November, 2 percent in 2015 and 2 percent in 2016.