Boston school superintendent blasts teachers union

Says its leaders using deadline of grant as pressure

Amid contentious contract negotiations, Boston School Superintendent Carol R. Johnson is accusing the teachers union of using the possible loss of $9 million in federal grant money to force the district to agree to a new teacher contract it cannot afford.

The Teacher Incentive Fund provides federal grant money to public school districts to create programs to reward teachers who turn around failing schools. The Boston School Department has until March 30 to submit a plan to the state, outlining how it would spend the $9 million.

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