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Mayor’s proposal seeks to bypass teachers union

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, just three months after the end of long and contentious teacher contract negotiations, said Thursday that he is seeking to change state law so school systems can accelerate efforts to overhaul low-achieving schools with fewer roadblocks from teachers unions.

One of Menino’s farthest-reaching proposals would build upon the turnaround successes taking place at many state-designated under­performing schools in ­Boston and other cities. Superintendents in those cities gained the ability to bypass teacher contract rules under a nearly three-year-old state law so they can more quickly replace teachers, extend the school day, and make other changes.

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