Here it is:
Union contract talks
In March, the School Board approved a one-year contract extension with the Rockford Education Association. Pay and benefits were frozen for the year and carried over from the previous year. Employee step and lane increases, however, were still in place, so many union members are still earning more money this school year, despite the freeze.
I would hope that any reporter covering teacher salary negotiations would figure out and report this essential aspect of the story.