What is the average raise for N.J. teachers this year?

By Adam Clark, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The average raise for New Jersey teachers this school year is about 2.5 percent, according to a new analysis by the New Jersey School Boards Association.

The average raise is based on the contracts between about half of New Jersey’s school districts and their teachers unions, according the school boards association. Average teacher pay in New Jersey was about $69,038 in 2014-15, according to the National Education Association, a national labor union representing teachers and other school employees.

Though the average raise is slightly higher than last year, it’s significantly lower than raises in the 2000s, before Gov. Chris Christie implemented a 2 percent cap on property tax increases. In 2009-10, the average teacher raise was 4.2 percent, according to the school boards association.