Los Angeles teachers ratify deal by large margin

Los Angeles teachers have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract that ended a six-day strike.

United Teachers Los Angeles has announced 81 percent of union members who voted approved the deal. More than 20,000 educators said yes and fewer than 5,000 voted no.

Voting began Tuesday and continues into tomorrow but most teachers already voted.

Educators also returned to classrooms yesterday, a day after the tentative contract was announced following a marathon bargaining session.

The contract calls for reduced class sizes, a pay hike and hiring of more nurses and other staff in the nation's second-largest district.

Dawn Kamber