Detroit Teacher Vote to End Strike

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Thousands of Detroit Public Schools teachers voted at Cobo Arena Wednesday morning to end their more than two-week strike.

The vote will allow the city's 130,000 students to return to the classroom Thursday.

The union's executive board approved a tentative three-year contract yesterday.

The "yes" vote also returns teachers to their schools for preparation this afternoon while a ratification vote takes place. That ratification could take weeks.

Both the union and the district say the contract involved painful sacrifices.

The tentative contract includes a one-year pay freeze, followed by increases of one percent the second and two-point-five percent for the third. Veteran teachers will also start paying ten percent of their health insurance costs.