New York City is close to finalizing a contract with its teacher's union. That's according to people familiar with the negotiations.
A labor official and a senior administration official say Mayor Bill de Blasio could announce the multi-year agreement Thursday.
The officials say De Blasio postponed a planned affordable housing announcement to concentrate on the teachers deal.
They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the negotiations publicly.
New York's teachers, represented by the United Federation of Teachers, have been working without a contract since October 2009.
The administration official says the new deal could run up to nine years. The official was unsure how the deal would address back pay.
A city spokesman did not return a message. A union spokesman declined comment.