04/11/2013 07:33 EDT | Updated 06/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta Teachers Deal: 33 School Boards OK Teacher Deal

EDMONTON - Alberta's education minister says more than half of school boards in the province have given the thumbs-up to the teachers' new contract.

Jeff Johnson said Thursday that 33 of the 62 boards have officially come out in favour of the four-year-deal.

He says several others have indicated their support for the deal, which must also be ratified by the local teachers union.

The agreement calls for a three-year salary freeze for nearly 40,000 Alberta teachers, followed by an increase of two per cent plus a one-time lump sum payment in 2015-16.

Edmonton Public School Board voted against the deal, as did the Calgary Public school board, while Catholic boards in both cities have accepted it.

School boards have until May 13 to vote on the deal.

"It’s proof to me that this negotiated agreement is putting our education system on the right path forward," Johnson said in the news release.

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