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Teachers, students back in class after week-long strike

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School across Pueblo's D60 are finally opening their doors Monday, following a historic, week-long teacher strike.

The district and the Teacher's Union reached an agreement Sunday that gets teachers and student back in the classroom.

Even before doors open Monday morning, teachers will meet at the flagpoles in front of their schools and walk in together as a show of unity.

The agreement between teachers and the district changed many times over the course of the strike. The two sides negotiated for hours Sunday before coming to an agreement.

As part of the new agreement, teachers will get a two percent cost of living adjustment that is retroactive to January. They will also be able to make up pay for the five days the strike lasted. Also included in the new agreement is an additional two point five percent cost of living adjustment starting in September, as well as a $50 stipend towards health insurance.

After the full week of protests, teachers told News 5 that they're ready to get back in the classroom and reunite with their students.

"We still feel it was a necessary step, we're very glad we took it but at the same time we're very glad we that we can get our students back in the classrooms, I know teachers were saying all week they did miss their students and I know our students that were marching with us miss their teachers," said Suzanne Ethredge of the Pueblo Education Association.

Union teachers officially ratified the agreement Sunday, with an 85 percent majority vote.

Ethredge also told News 5 that she hope teachers will have a bigger role in the district's decision making process moving forward. The school board will vote on that in their upcoming meeting scheduled for May 22nd.

Teachers will gather at the flagpoles at 7:40 a.m. Monday morning, and all schools will return to their normal schedules.

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