No paper, just a handshake.

That's what Hamilton County teachers can expect come July 1 as the contract they've negotiated with the school district for more than 30 years comes to an end.

The result will be the loss of guarantees acquired since 1978 through collective bargaining that govern such things as pay, working hours, even air-conditioning in the classroom.

District officials say their pact with teachers won't change, that the 79-page memorandum of agreement negotiated over the years still will be respected. Many of the protections in the document are covered under state law or existing school board policy anyway.

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