Dec 27, 2016, 8:02 pmDec 27, 2016, 8:02 pm

Ongoing negotiations mean Yonkers school district facing possible loss of $30M

The Yonkers Federation of Teachers and the school district have been locked in bitter contract negotiations

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If the Yonkers Federation of Teachers and the Yonkers School District cannot reach an agreement by the New Year, the district’s schools will lose more than $30M in state money. The money from the state will be awarded to schools if all parties agree on a new teacher evaluation method, formally known as APPR.

“We’re the only district left in the state which hasn’t resolved this,” said Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer.

Mayer says she is hopeful that a deal can get done, but negotiations about a new contract for Yonkers’ teachers are stalling the process.

The YFT hasn’t had a contract for three years.

Thus far, the mayor has agreed to a 14% raise over the course of 7 years, but YFT says the offer for new teachers is completely unfair.

“Offer us something that we can live with because we are more than willing.” YFT President Pat Puleo said. “We took less in salaries, were willing to pay more in health insurance, but we’re just saying don’t crush the young teachers because that is the future.”

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