Detroit Teachers Union Has Tentative Deal With New District

DETROIT (AP) – The union that represents Detroit teachers says it has struck a deal with the new district.

Teachers will learn more about the tentative contract Tuesday, the first day of the school year, and then vote later this week.

The Detroit district is formally known as the Detroit Public Schools Community District. It was created by the Legislature as part of a bailout of the old district.

Ivy Bailey, head of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, says the contract has “economic gains” for teachers and should satisfy parents. The deal won’t take effect unless it’s approved by teachers and the Financial Review Commission.

Bailey says it’s not a perfect contract but it “turns the page” for teachers and people who want the 46,000-student district to be successful.

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