Teachers vote down ratification to contract, negotiations continue

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - It's back to the drawing board at the Utica City School District. Members of the Teachers' Association voted down a measure Monday night that would have saved nearly a hundred jobs and freeze wages at the same time.

The president of the Teachers' Union, Larry Custodero , won't be releasing the exact vote count until Tuesday. This means those jobs that could have been saved by passing the contract are once again in jeopardy. So is full-day kindergarten and millions of dollars in state aid. Passing the vote would have also meant class sizes of up to 30 students and teacher evaluations based on test scores.

Custodero says negotiations on a new contract agreement will begin right away.

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