Lay teachers at Archdiocese of Philadelphia high schools have ratified a new contract. It’s a three-year deal that gives them pay raises of $1,300 in the first year, $1,400 in the second year and $1,600 in the third year, but Association of Catholic Teachers Local 1776 President Rita Schwartz says the strike was never about money. She says the new contract protects job security and ensures that part-time teachers will not replace full-timers. The ratification vote came Monday at a union meeting. Students at Lansdale Catholic (pictured here) and 16 other schools returned to classes Tuesday, two weeks after the teacher strike started.