PA Cyber teachers get contract as state's only cyber union

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 23, 2015 11:19 AM

(Midland) -- Teachers at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School have their first contract.

Lon Valentine, president of the PA Cyber Education Association, says  the 140 online instructors approved the deal earlier this month.

PA Cyber's teachers are the only unionized online instructors in the state.

The school earlier this week announced it is cutting 43 jobs, including 21 teachers, out of roughly 700 full and part-time positions, as it deals with declining enrollment and increased competition from other online programs.

The four-year contract, retroactive to last year, contains a 15-percent first-year raise, plus 2 percent in subsequent years. That's meant to bring PA Cyber teachers' salaries more in line with others in Beaver County.

Valentine says PA Cyber teachers with a bachelor's degree earn $41,000 to $67,000 annually.

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