By: Andrew Krammer
The Minneapolis School District is ordered to shell out almost $17 million to teachers and support staff after a state arbitrator ruled that the employees were unjustly denied raises and merit pay for two years, the Star Tribune reports.
These decision comes after an already difficult budget situation; the district will be forced to make cuts in its $525 million general fund, school district spokesman Stan Alleyne said. The failed pay raises occurred between the 2008 and 2010 school years, KARE11 reports.
This ruling is the second for Minneapolis schools: In January, the district was forced to pay a fine of $800,000 for failing to meet the state's contract deadline.