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MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers have reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract.

The two parties announced the deal on Saturday night after three consecutive days of productive talks.

Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of MPS, and Lynn Nordgren, president of MFT, announced released a joint statement.

"We are pleased that we have reached an agreement. It's been a long and challenging process, but we are excited that this new contract will contribute significantly in our efforts to create conditions that will enhance and accelerate our work to improve student outcomes."

Johnson commended Nordgren and MFT's negotiating team for their passion and commitment to serving students.

"We believe this contract will improve our overall effectiveness by investing in teachers and students who are at the core of our work," Johnson said via a news release.

Nordgren also praised both negotiating teams for their willingness to work collaboratively to improve teacher working conditions and student learning conditions.

"We have definitely made progress at the bargaining table," she said via a news release. "This tentative agreement will go a long way in ensuring that MPS continues to be the best place for students to grow and flourish and teachers to feel supported in the critical work they do every day with students."

No specifics about the new contract will be released until all language is finalized. A vote is expected in mid-April.

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