Some civic leaders and parents don't like the deal because it only extends the school calendar by four days, when the original goal was to extend the school year by 35 days. Researchers say that additional time in school improves academic performance among low-income students, according to KSTP News.
The contract is projected to cost the district $17.1 million, which is largely financed by non-classroom cuts. That's a 6.4 percent increase in district costs, according to the Star Tribune.
Critics of the plan say the new deal protects bad teachers with seniority and tenure, and want the union and the School Board to get rid of the so-called "last hired, first fired" policy, according to KSTP.
Those voting approved the deal with 83 percent support, said Lynn Nordgren, president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, according to the Star Tribune.