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HARTFORD — An arbitration board has signed off on a new-three year contract between the Hartford Federation of Teachers and the school district.

The contract includes salary raises of about 6 percent over the life of the contract, but will require members to switch to a high-deductible health care plan. The Hartford Courant reports school leaders also agreed to limit class sizes for physical education, arts and music courses.

The arbitration award was issued Thursday. Union President Andrea Johnson says members are happy with the contract.

The contract does not require approval from the Hartford City Council, nor will it require authorization from a state oversight board that oversees many city labor deals.

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