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Baltimore teachers reject proposed contract

The Baltimore Teachers Union says the city’s public school teachers have rejected a contract that would have tied pay to classroom performance.

Union President Marietta English said Thursday that the results reflect misinformation about the contract.

The proposed contract included pay raises and kept health benefits at their current rate. But some were wary of a provision that would have replaced a system where seniority and degrees determined pay with one where they were paid by effectiveness in the classroom and pursuit of professional development.

The union and schools officials say 58 percent of the more than 2,000 teachers in the union voted against the new contract. The current contract expires later this month.

Schools CEO Andres Alonso says he will continue to work with the union.