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Manhattan Beach Unified, teachers reach tentative deal

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The Manhattan Beach Unified School District and its teachers' union reached a tentative agreement on a contract late Thursday but would not provide any details until the deal is ratified, officials said Friday.

Teachers plan to meet at 3 p.m. to discuss the details of the tentative agreement, said Shawn Chen, a union organizer and English teacher at Mira Costa High. The district and union began talks with a state mediator Thursday after the district declared an impasse in July.

The union's negotiating tactics since then have drawn some fire from the community. It has told its roughly 300 members to not write students their college letters of recommendation, to not open their classrooms before and after class or during lunch, to not sponsor or advise clubs, and to not perform any additional duties.

Union officials said they were forced to such an extreme after five years with no raises or cost of living increases and 10 years without increases to match inflation. The district is one of the few in the state with a $16 million reserve, about 10 times the amount required by the state for a district its size.

For more: Manhattan Beach students caught in middle of teacher pay dispute

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).

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