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Long-standing limit on teacher pay raises may end in 2010

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A long-standing limit on teacher pay raises would end in just more than a year, under the new state budget endorsed overnight by the Joint Finance Committee.

The panel OK'd Gov. Jim Doyle's proposal to do away with the qualified economic offer.

Since 1993, the QEO has let school boards avoid contract arbitration by offering at least a 3.8 percent annual increase in teacher salaries and benefits.

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