DETROIT (AP) _ Striking teachers and the school board reached an agreement Monday to end a six-day walkout over reforms proposed by a new chief executive hired to fix the troubled school district.

Teachers could be back in school by Wednesday, negotiators said.

``I'm going to recommend to the teachers that they accept this contract,'' Detroit Federation of Teachers President John Elliott said.

Students missed four days of class last week and would miss class again Tuesday.

The teachers struck in defiance of state law, and legislative leaders had said they would move to seek sanctions against the teachers Tuesday.

The district's chief executive, David Adamany, had said lawmakers likely would invoke a 1994 law that bars strikes by teachers and fines them one day's pay for each day they strike.

Teachers in the 172,000-student district rejected an offer to extend their contract last week, spurning their own negotiators' recommendations and stalling last Tuesday's scheduled start of classes.

Teachers had been unhappy with proposals for a longer school day, merit pay, class size and other reforms proposed by Adamany. He took the place of the superintendent after the Legislature voted in March to replace Detroit's elected school board with one appointed by the mayor.

Similar school takeovers have been enacted in Chicago and Cleveland.

On Monday, teachers brought their message to the street, toting signs saying ``No contract, no work'' as they marched in the Labor Day parade in the nation's 10th-largest city.

Elliott declined to give any specifics about the contract other than to say it does not include merit pay. The union, which represents 9,200 teachers, had contended that the criteria for the merit pay system were unclear and could allow administrators to reward undeserving teachers.