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PHOTOS: Lodi Teachers Rally For New Contract

Lodi teachers rallied outside the Board of Education building Tuesday.
Lodi teachers rallied outside the Board of Education building Tuesday. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
Some teachers brought family members to the rally outside the Lodi Board of Education building.
Some teachers brought family members to the rally outside the Lodi Board of Education building. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
Lodi teachers carried homemade signs while they marched Tuesday.
Lodi teachers carried homemade signs while they marched Tuesday. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
Lodi teachers marched outside the Board of Education building Tuesday.
Lodi teachers marched outside the Board of Education building Tuesday. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
Some children participated in the rally in Lodi Tuesday.
Some children participated in the rally in Lodi Tuesday. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson
More than 100 people participated in the rally in Lodi Tuesday.
More than 100 people participated in the rally in Lodi Tuesday. Photo Credit: Lauren Kidd Ferguson

LODI, N.J. – More than 100 Lodi teachers marched in solidarity Tuesday evening carrying signs with phrases such as “Honk For Education,” “You Can’t Put Students First If You Put Teachers Last,” and “No Contract Still Teaching.”

The teachers have been working with an expired contract since June 2016, middle school teacher Marisa Ambrosio told Daily Voice as her fellow teachers marched around the Lodi Board of Education building.

Ambrosio, also the chair of the Lodi Education Association’s action team, said the Board of Education was meeting with negotiators and a monitor to try to reach a contract agreement.

“This is the first time we have had a showing like this,” she said of the crowd gathered outside.

Ambrosio said Lodi teachers have not received a raise since 2015, and the starting salary for a Lodi teacher is one of the lowest in the county.

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