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Tentative deal reached in teachers strike

Deal still needs ratification vote from BCTF; no word on when schools open

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It was all smiles on the picket lines Tuesday morning after word came overnight that a tentative deal had been reached between the BC Teachers Federation and the BC Public School Employers' Association.

"It's fantastic," said Craig Smith, one of four teachers outside Myrtle Philip Community School Tuesday morning.

"We just want to get back to work and benefit the students of British Columbia."

New signs drafted for Tuesday morning's picketing took a celebratory tone, and drivers and passers by showed their support through waves and honks.

"It's been really fantastic this morning," Smith said.

"Lots of waves, lots of honks and smiling faces, so it's great to be going back to work very soon."

Details of the tentative agreement have yet to be finalized.

The BCTF is expected to vote on ratification of the deal on Thursday.

Check back with Pique for updates.

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