A week after rebelling against proposed reforms that included longer school days and merit pay, thousands of striking teachers were poised to return to class as early as Thursday under a tentative agreement reached with the School Board.
About 182,000 students missed the first week of school after Detroit teachers refused to sign a contract extension.
After a Labor Day breakthrough in negotiations, the teachers union and the district said they had reached an agreement, which reduces some class sizes while cracking down on teacher absenteeism.
John Elliott, president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, was confident his members would approve the contract when they meet Wednesday.
The new three-year contract gives all teachers a 2 percent raise each year, with bigger increases for the 70 percent who are at maximum seniority.