LA teachers head back to school after reaching deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers returned to work yesterday after voting to ratify a deal between their union and school officials, ending a six-day strike in the nation’s second-largest district.

“I voted ‘yes,’ to approve,” said second-grade teacher Wendy Perez. “I think the union negotiated in good faith, and I’d like to believe the district did too.”

A crowd of teachers roared its approval after the tentative deal was announced at City Hall following a 21-hour bargaining session.

While all votes hadn’t been counted by Tuesday night, union President Alex Caputo-Pearl said preliminary balloting showed educators overwhelmingly approving the proposal.

“A vast supermajority are voting ‘yes’…therefore, ending the strike and heading back to schools tomorrow,” he said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles and the LA Unified School District, called it an “historic agreement” that will usher in a “new day” for public education in the city.

The deal came as teachers in Denver voted to go on strike as soon as next Monday.

Educators, parents, students and supporters of the Los Angeles teachers strike wave and cheer in Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, California. – AFP