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Teachers Receive 4.53 Percent Raise

The Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education has given the final OK to an agreement with the Teachers Association of Long Beach that will provide teachers a 4.53 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2007. The salary increase will appear on March 28 paychecks. Retroactive checks will be issued April 11. “We’re pleased to provide teachers this competitive salary and benefits package,” said Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of schools. “What’s more, we’re doing this at a time when other school districts are issuing massive layoff notices to teachers because of the state budget crisis. We refuse to do that here. “To our teachers, we say, keep up the great work. We appreciate and respect you. We will not abandon you.” TALB members approved the deal by a 98 percent vote. Most other employees in the school district also recently received the same 4.53 percent salary increase with no changes to health benefits.