Tentative Contract Deal Ends Burlington Teachers' Strike

Schools will reopen Wednesday in Vermont's largest city following four days of cancellations during a labor strike.

Burlington's unionized educators and other school personnel have been walking picket lines over a contract dispute with the city school board.

The teachers wanted to spend less time on recess and cafeteria duty, and more time on lesson plans and meeting one-on-one with students.

After a nearly 9-hour negotiating session, a mediator announced Tuesday evening the sides reached a tentative contract deal.

The deal means classes are back on Wednesday for the district's 4,000 students.

The sides did not immediately disclose the terms of the deal, but the union said it expects to ratify it later this week.

Burlington School Superintendent Yaw Obeng released a statement following the deal.

"We are extremely fortunate to have dedicated and caring teachers in Burlington," said Obeng. "This has been a challenging time for our community. It is important that we now move forward together. We are one District and one team, and I am confident we can all heal and learn from this experience."

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