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Associated Press

DECATUR - Classes were expected to resume today for 9,600 students in Decatur after striking teachers ratified a new contract.

Members of the Decatur Education Association voted Sunday to approve the deal.

Union officials say 585 members voted on the contract, of which 97.4 percent voted to accept the agreement.

The Decatur school board will decide whether to approve the contract during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

"Once that (board approval) happens, we will release specifics of the contract," DEA President Alida Graham said.

About 800 teachers in Decatur Public School District 61 went on strike Nov. 30 after working without a contract since mid-July. The walkout has kept students from preschool through 12th grade out of class for eight days.

An agreement on a new contract was reached Saturday.

Although terms of the deal were not released, both sides said a compromise was reached regarding the length of the school day, which had been a major stumbling block.

On the Net

Decatur School District: www.dps61.org

Decatur Education Association: www.ieanea.org/local/decatur/

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