Aug 25 – Teachers in Ohio’s most extensive school system and district officials agreed early on Thursday that could end a strike that began this week over appropriate class sizes and guaranteed classroom air conditioning.
The Columbus Education Association (CEA), the union representing nearly 4,500 teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, and other staff, said on Twitter that it had reached a “conceptual agreement” and that members would stay tuned for updates.
“CEA members: Do not report to picket sites in the morning, check your email for further instructions,” he tweeted.
Details of the deal were not available early Thursday morning. CEA members will have to ratify the agreement to end the strike that began on Monday.
The Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported that the agreement was reached after more than 12 hours of negotiations between Columbus City Schools and the association with a federal mediator.
The district will continue virtual learning on Thursday and Friday, and educators are expected to return to school on Monday, the newspaper reported.
Members voted Sunday to reject the school board’s “last, best and final offer” and begin its first strike since 1975.
The labor dispute involved several issues, including fewer class sizes, full-time elementary school art, music, and physical education teachers, and available heating and air conditioning in classrooms.