Minneapolis schools ordered to pay $17 million

4:48 PM, Oct 27, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A state arbitrator has ordered the Minneapolis School District to pay nearly $17 million to teachers and support staff after ruling they were unjustly denied raises and merit pay for two years.

School district spokesman Stan Alleyne says the decision comes on top of an already difficult budget situation. Alleyne says the district will be forced to make cuts in its $525 million general fund.

The district cited budget problems when it failed to pay raises and merit pay to teachers during the 2008 to 2010 school years.

The arbitrator's ruling is another setback for Minneapolis schools in an ongoing contract dispute with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. The district paid a fine of about $800,000 earlier this year for failing to meet the state's contract deadline.

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