Tentative Settlement in Detroit Teachers Strike

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The union for the city's striking teachers and the school district have reached a tentative settlement.

Union spokeswoman Michelle Price told the Associated Press Tuesday morning that the deal was reached in overnight bargaining between the Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Federation of Teachers.

The two sides were brought together in the offices of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Price says the union's executive committee is meeting this morning to approve the contract.

Teachers could meet Wednesday morning to vote on returning to work that day.

A mail ratification vote would follow. Classes could start as early as Thursday.

Teachers have been on strike for 16 days.

The agreement follows a judge's back-to-work order, which most teachers ignored Monday.