Master's degrees no longer mean extra pay in Pittsburgh

A new teacher-pay plan in Pittsburgh that raises base pay for teachers and ties major salary increases to student achievement and teacher evaluations -- rather than credentials such as master's degrees. The salary policy, which begins July 1, is part of a five-year contract agreement between district and union officials. Both sides continue to work on a deal for bonus programs, which are expected to begin in the 2011-12 school year.

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