Teachers in Catholic schools heading back to classrooms

    The American Association of Teachers and Archdiocese of Philadelphia met at 10 a.m. Monday to formally vote on a tentative agreement between the two parties regarding teacher contracts at the diocese’ Catholic high schools. A strike began last week when negotiations broke off.

    Update, 12:30 p.m. Union President Rita Schwartz says the teachers got what they wanted from the contract, including respect and job security.

    Update, 12 p.m. Following several minutes of tallying, the agreement was ratified, Tom MacDonald tells us. He’ll follow up with more details on the agreement that will send Catholic high school students back to school Tuesday.

    Original report The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has reached a tentative contract agreement with secondary teachers.

    The diocese announced Sunday that both parties had agreed to not comment on the deal until after teachers vote on it Monday, at 10 a.m.

    If the teachers ratify the tentative agreement, they would return to their schools for orientation after the vote, and classes would resume on Tuesday, according to a press release from the diocese.

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