Detroit Schools Open

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Detroit students are finally back in the classroom following a 16-day teacher strike.

Schools across the city opened for business this morning.

Members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers voted yesterday to return to work. Union leaders and district officials reached a deal for a tentative contract. A ratification vote will be held by secret ballot at the schools.

The deal calls for a pay freeze this school year, with raises of one percent next year and two-point-five percent the year after that. Next year's raises would be the first since 2003.

Teachers hired before 1992 would start paying 10 percent of their health insurance costs, as newer hires already do. And teachers would lose three days' pay, or about one-point-seven percent, for preparation days canceled by the strike.