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Minneapolis teacher salaries have lagged pay in other districts, expert says.

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Update: Wednesday, March 9, 9:16 p.m.

Minneapolis teachers receive  starting salaries that are comparable to those of their teaching peers in St. Paul and Anoka–Hennepin. But they earn less over time, said Patricia Saenz-Armstrong, a senior economist with the National Council on Teacher Quality.

The Washington, D.C.–based research and policy group analyzes and compares teacher salary schedules across 147 of the nation’s largest school districts, including three in Minnesota. (These salaries are specific to licensed teachers, not educational support professionals.)

“What I have observed is that Minneapolis salaries grow at a lower rate,” Saenz-Armstrong said.

Teacher pay in these districts is fixed based on the salary schedule determined in the union contract. The contract sets a salary schedule based on years of experience and education level.

Minneapolis teacher salaries have fallen behind pay in other big Minnesota districts, nonpartisan researcher says.