RPS teachers vote no to tentative two year contract

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) --It appears Rockford Public Schools teachers will head to class without a contract in place after they vote down a new tentative two year contract agreement. 23 News has learned the details of the two year contract that was voted down on Friday. Here are some of the highlights:

A two percent salary increase for all teachers in the second year, but that also includes a rise in health insurance cost, anywhere from $48 to $223, depending on the plan. The tentative agreement also would have added two more days to the teacher school year to concentrate on professional development.

Some teachers we spoke to who voted down the plan said they did so because the salary increase was not enough to offset the rise in insurance costs and added work days.