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Los Angeles teachers end nine-day strike

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Los Angeles public school teachers and their union reached a tentative deal with school officials Tuesday — to end a nine-day strike that forced 600,000 students out of class.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers LA negotiated for 21 hours straight, starting at 9 a.m. Monday and ending at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters.

“I’m proud to announce that — pending approval by the teachers that are represented by UTLA and education professionals, and the board of education — that we have an agreement that will allow our teachers to go back to work, on their campuses, tomorrow,” Garcetti said, according to KCAL-TV.

Teachers will vote on the deal Tuesday and return to class Wednesday if it’s ratified.

The exact terms of the agreement will only be disclosed if it’s approved.

Nearly 35,000 educators went on strike Jan. 14 to demand better pay, smaller class sizes and more support staff.

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