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District 300 teachers reach tentative deal to end 1-day strike

Updated: December 5, 2012 12:06AM

ALGONQUIN — The teachers union and school board in Community Unit School District 300 reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract late Tuesday night, ending the one-day strike in the sixth-largest school district in Illinois.

That announcement was posted to Local Education Association of District 300’s Facebook page at 9 p.m. after bargaining teams for both sides had been in closed-door discussions for about six hours. “We believe the agreement that was reached is fair to the teachers and responsible to the taxpayers of the community,” a message on the District 300 website said, confirming the that announcement.

The two sides had restarted talks with a federal mediator at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Westfield Community School in Algonquin.

The tentative agreement comes after teachers started walking picket lines Tuesday morning, the first strike in 30 years in district. That strike shut students out of their classrooms at 26 schools, canceled all after-school activities at the public schools and suspended district-provided transportation for parochial schools within the boundaries of the district.

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