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Tacoma teachers ratify new deal with district; schools to open Monday

Striking Tacoma teachers have ratified an agreement with the school district to end the strike and return to the classroom. (Photo: KOMO News)

TACOMA, Wash. - Striking Tacoma teachers have ratified an agreement with the school district to end the strike and return to the classroom.

The tentative agreement was reached Thursday. On Friday morning, teachers voted by a 99 percent margin to approve the deal.

Officials say school will be back in session on Monday. Bell times and bus routes will run as normal.

Tacoma teachers walked off the job a week ago demanding higher pay from state money given to the district by the state legislature in response to the Supreme Court's McCleary decision.

But the district claimed it was shortchanged in the funding formula set up by lawmakers.

No details of the deal are available but a joint statement by the district and the teacher union said the deal will allow the district to recruit and retain strong teachers. However, it states without changes in state funding Tacoma Schools will "face painful cuts."

The district plans to work with the city's representatives to change the funding formula.

Teachers in the Seattle, Tukwila, Stanwood-Camano, Washougal and other districts have won higher salaries in recent days.

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