Vegas-area district, teachers union make deal, avert strike

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Las Vegas-area teachers' union has struck a teacher pay deal with the country's fifth largest school district that organizers say will avert a threatened teacher Sept. 10 strike.

Members of the Clark County Education Association threatened to walk off the job next month over a dispute about paying teachers more for continuing education.

Union leaders and the Clark County School District announced at a news conference late Wednesday that the district will fund the salary increase for continuing education, in addition to honoring a commitment for 3% raises and more money for health insurance.

The deal came days after the school district filed an emergency court motion to block the strike and have a judge issue an order against it. If the order was imposed, the striking union could have faced fines of up to $50,000 a day.

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