Long Island teachers' union OKs pay cuts

Long Island's largest teachers' union agreed to give up next year's raises and take temporary pay cuts to save hundreds of teaching jobs.

District officials say nearly $4 million in state aid is on the chopping block, which would have forced more than 300 layoffs. Today's agreement will save about $10 million and more than 200 jobs.

Superintendent Donna Jones says 32 positions will be lost through attrition and 60 others will be eliminated.

The concessions by the 1,400-member Brentwood Teachers Association will also preserve student services such as music classes and sports.

Brentwood is the fifth teacher union on Long Island to agree to contract concessions. The agreement will be voted upon May 18.

AP wire services contributed to this article.

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