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State deadline on teacher contracts needs to go

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There must be a better way to negotiate teacher contracts in Minnesota.

Unions have school boards over a barrel because of a 1989 state law that penalizes districts $25 per pupil in state aid if they fail to reach agreements with their teachers' unions by Jan. 15.

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The penalty will cost the Frazee-Vergas School District about $26,000 this year. It is one of just 25 school districts in Minnesota that failed to reach contract settlements before the deadline.

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