SACRAMENTO -- In a joint statement Monday with Mayor Darrell Steinberg, the Sacramento City Teachers Association and the Sacramento City Unified School District announced that an agreement has been reached.
The teachers union said educators would strike on Wednesday if a deal was not reached.
"The thought of a strike was simply unbearable for me personally," teacher Melissa Reynoso said. "It was heartbreaking. It was gutwrenching and I did not want to leave my classroom."
Discussions were held all year over wages and class sizes. The new agreement says teachers will get an 11 percent raise over the next three years, and measures will be taken to reduce class sizes.
The Sacramento City Teachers Association released the following statement:
"Today is a good day for Sacramento's students and for our community as a whole," said David Fisher, second-grade teacher and president of SCTA. "We believe this tentative agreement will help move us in the direction necessary to ensure each and every one of our students has a qualified educator in every classroom, resources they need, and programs that will ensure their success. After 13 months of negotiations we are grateful for the support of our students, their parents and the communities in which we teach. The overwhelming support for our public schools is what keeps us as educators standing up for our students."
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