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Boston, teachers agree on contract

After 27 months of contentious negotiations, the Boston Teachers Union and the School Department finally struck a tentative agreement early Wednesday morning that should usher in a more rigorous system of judging teacher performance and that provides ­extra help for teachers who need it.

The agreement came together at about 2:30 a.m., 11 hours after the two sides sat down ­together for the first time since talks broke off almost a month ago. The gathering was a last-ditch attempt to work out an agreement before having the state Department of Labor ­Relations recommend its own resolution to the stalemate.

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