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St. Paul Charter School Teachers Vote to Unionize

Updated: 06/12/2014 10:48 AM
Created: 06/12/2014 7:52 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Teachers at a St. Paul charter school are planning to join a union.

The teachers at the Community School of Excellence voted Wednesday night to form a bargaining unit and become a chapter of Education Minnesota.

The new bargaining unit will include teachers, education assistants, clerical, food service and maintenance staff.

The vote came after struggles with the administration. Back in January, both the FBI and the St. Paul Police Department were investigating allegations that the school misused money and failed to immediately report possible child abuse.

The Community School of Excellence receives $9 million in taxpayer money and has more than 900 students between kindergarten and eighth grade.

The teachers will now start negotiating their first contract, a process that could take several months.

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