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NJ School Boards Back Christie's Pay Freeze

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Jersey school boards are backing a call from Governor Christie that teachers forgo pay raises. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Local districts say they're in a tough spot. They could see more than $800 million in cuts in state aid while their health care costs are rising. The New Jersey School Boards Association says if all teachers turned down upcoming pay raises, that are on average 4.3 percent, the savings would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. That could avert layoffs.

Garden State teachers' average salary ranks near the top nationally at around $63000 a year. So far the state's teacher's union has rejected the salary freeze, calling instead for Trenton to reimpose the income tax surcharge on the state's wealthiest households.

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