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Republicans propose significant raise for teachers

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Republicans in the state Senate have proposed a significant pay raise for teachers – the largest in state history – but the extra money would come with a catch.

Teachers would have to give up tenure to get it.

The proposal would provide an average raise of about 11% , costing the state almost half a billion dollars.  But legislators driving the proposal have not been clear, yet, on where the money would come from, and some teachers say they're uncomfortable giving up their job security measures under the circumstances.

Judy Kidd, president of the Classroom Teachers Association, says it's unclear whether the raises would be sustainable, and she doesn't want to see teachers turned into at-will employees.

"People in the classroom need some additional protection from their supervisors," she says.

CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison will address the issue Thursday afternoon.

Senate leader Phil Berger was unavailable for an interview Wednesday.

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