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The Globe’s Ellen Ishkanian reports that Newton’s school teachers are looking for more than the 2.5 percent cap Mayor Setti Warren set last time for all contract negotiations.

During the last negotiations, according to [Newton Teachers Association president Michael] Zilles, his membership understood the mayor’s position.

“The city was in a pretty bad way, and there was no end in sight,” he said. “We took hits on health insurance and compensation, and we agreed to increase the number of steps so it takes longer to get to a full salary.

“We made some very big sacrifices for the health of the system, now is the time to make some progress,” Zilles said.