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Public schools may re-open soon

Public schools may re-open soon

Teachers on the Sunshine Coast could be back in classrooms by next week as they reached a tentative agreement with the province on Tuesday.

Teachers could vote to end the months-long strike between the B.C.Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association by voting Thursday to accept the deal that mediator, Vince Ready helped broker.

The wee hours discussions late Monday night and early Tuesday brought forth an offer from the province for a six-year contract that includes $100 million for class composition and $400 million for a learning improvement fund for teachers, sources note.

Reaction from teachers has been positive, though some said they wished it could have been over back in June.

Students will have missed two weeks of school if they return next week.

Apryl Veld

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