ITHACA, N.Y. — Officials announced Wednesday night that a tentative collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the Ithaca Teachers Association and the Ithaca City School District.

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Teachers have been working with expired contracts since August after an agreement could not be made between the ITA and ICSD about workers’ contracts.

ITA representatives and teachers have said that they are among the lowest paid teachers in the state.

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For instance, officials have said that first year teachers make less than teachers at 75 percent of districts of a comparable size. Teachers who have been with the district 26-35 years make less than those as 98 percent of other comparable school districts.

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Teachers and supporters have been protesting near schools and at board meetings demanding competitive wages and continued health benefits since at least November.

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According to a breaking news release from the district, ratification voting by the Association membership will be followed by a vote of the Board of Education.

It’s currently unclear what the details of the tentative agreement are.

This is a developing story. The Ithaca Voice will continue reporting on this issue. 

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.