Teachers in Tacoma, Washington, have voted to end their eight-day strike, meaning classes will resume Friday for 28,000 students, Tacoma school district spokesman Dan Voelpel said.
A lawsuit that the school district had filed against the teachers' union will be dropped, Voelpel said.
A tentative agreement was reached Wednesday.Â Contract talks between the school district and union hadfractured over teacher pay, class size and how educators are transferred between schools.
In the deal that teachers accepted Thursday, according to Voelpel, class sizes will remain the same (the union had pushed for smaller class sizes); teachers will not face a pay cut (the district to cut pay by 1.35%); and a joint committee appointed by the district and union will determine how teachers are transferred.
Across Washington, state services cuts are in the works after the governor's office last week said the state is expected to collect $1.4 billion less in revenue between now and June 2013 than previously forecast.FULL STORY