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Step compaction

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Step compaction (also salary schedule compaction) refers to a contract agreement between a school board and a teacher union to reduce the total number of steps in a salary schedule – for example, from 20 such steps to 18. The effect of step compaction is to reduce the number of years that it takes for teachers to rise to the top level of their district’s pay scale, increasing their average pay over their professional careers. Step compaction (considered in isolation from any other contract agreement) favors a union over a board.

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