- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Teachers in the Scranton School District in northeastern Pennsylvania have ratified a contract deal that will return them to the classroom on Wednesday after a strike that began Sept. 25.

The Scranton Federation of Teachers says members overwhelmingly approved the deal in a vote Tuesday afternoon.

They’d been picketing to protest efforts to cut salaries and health care benefits, and increasing classroom sizes.

The tentative deal was struck Monday night.

The administration says the district has proposed health insurance concessions in exchange for step salary increases.

The school board will vote on the tentative agreements Thursday, but that won’t hold up the resumption of classes and extracurricular activities.

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