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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage teachers’ union has voted to reject the school district’s proposed contract.

Many members of the Anchorage Education Association voted against the contract because it didn’t include a 3 percent salary increase that the union asked for, KTUU-TV reported Thursday.

Anchorage Superintendent Deena Bishop said the district cannot afford the pay raise.

Union President Tom Klaameyer said teachers will remain in their classrooms, “doing everything they possibly can to improve student learning” while a new contract is drafted.

“I stand with the members of AEA and I know that we intend to return to the bargaining table in good faith and bargain an agreement with the District that is good for students, good for teachers, and good for the communities in the Anchorage School District,” Klaameyer said.

A representative with the union said the previous contract, which expired in June, will continue to be in effect until a new agreement is reached.

Todd Hess, Chief Resource Officer with the school district, said officials are disappointed that the contract was rejected, but are committed to reaching a resolution that works for both parties.


Information from: KTUU-TV,