A tentative deal has been reached between the provincial government and the union representing thousands of education workers. The bargaining unit for the Canadian Union of Public Employees announced yesterday that the two sides came to a deal just hours before a midnight strike deadline. A strike would have closed hundreds of schools across Ontario. School boards have announced that all classrooms will be open as usual today during regular hours. No details on the current tentative agreement have been released; the deal is still pending a ratification vote by CUPE members.