A tentative deal reached Tuesday between Los Angeles school officials and the teachers union will allow educators to return to classrooms after a six-day strike in the nation's second-largest district, officials said. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, announced the agreement at City Hall a few hours after a 21-hour bargaining session ended before dawn, the AP reports. "I'm proud to announce that, pending approval by the teachers represented by UTA and educational professionals and this Board of Education, we have an agreement that will allow our teachers to go back to work on the campuses tomorrow," Garcetti said.
Union President Alex Caputo-Pearl said teachers would vote Tuesday, and he expected approval. Teachers planned to meet with union representatives to familiarize themselves with the agreement before casting ballots later in the day. It wasn't clear when the results would be known, but teachers are expected to be back at work on Wednesday. The deal was broadly described by officials at the news conference as including a 6% pay hike and a commitment to reduce class sizes over four years. Details were promised to be released later. District Superintendent Austin Beutner said he was delighted the deal was reached. But he hinted that financial challenges remained as he pledged to invest every nickel the district has while maintaining fiscal solvency.
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