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UPDATE 11:02 a.m. – State Superintendent Janet Barresi praised Oklahoma City Public Schools for the pay raise decision.

“Oklahoma’s hardworking and dedicated teachers deserve better compensation and students deserve an administration that focuses on strong instruction in the classroom,” Barresi said. “This is very good news for Oklahoma City Public Schools, and I hope it serves as an inspiration for other districts throughout the state.”

She said, “Teachers deserve and need fair compensation and OKCPS understands that.”

OKLAHOMA CITY – Teachers in the Oklahoma City Public School district will now see pay raises, bonuses and new salary grades.

This follows contract negotiations between the American Federation of Teachers and the Oklahoma City Public School District.

The purpose behind these contract negotiations is to help improve student performance, attract new teachers, keep experienced teachers and use high-performing teachers to mentor those new to teaching in struggling schools.

Effective right away, there will be an average increase in pay of 2.09 percent for teachers and a new salary grade with increased pay of $600 for the district’s most experienced teachers.

Starting July 1, 2014, there will be pay increases for newer teachers in their first through fifth year of teaching.

Expansion of programs that allow teachers to be advisors for new and experienced teachers in struggling schools and first time retention bonuses for those with 11 or more years of experience who renew their contracts by the end of the school year.