Teachers strike ending after overnight deal reached
After a full day of negotiating, Columbus teachers and the school district reached a tentative agreement to end the strike and send kids back to school next Monday.
Why it matters: The deal, announced around 3am this morning, concludes a four-day strike launched in pursuit of better working conditions, smaller classes and a stronger commitment to arts education.
Details: The exact terms of the "conceptual agreement" have not yet been disclosed, per a statement from Columbus City Schools.
- Union members will meet this weekend and are expected to vote in favor of ratifying the agreement.
What they're saying: "The last few months have been devoted to finding resolution and a strong plan forward with the Columbus Education Association (CEA) in shared support of our children," Jennifer Adair, the school board president, said in a provided statement.
- Adair said the contract "recognizes the Board's commitment to improving our student outcomes, the essential work of CEA members and strengthening our learning environments."
- CEA Spokesperson Regina Fuentes said in a statement, “We recognize the sacrifices students, parents, and teachers alike have made during the last three days as we fought for the schools Columbus students deserve."
State of play: Students will continue with online instruction through the end of this week and return in-person next Monday.
- The school year began yesterday with hundreds of substitutes and nonunion staff members conducting online instruction.
- Dozens of local libraries and community centers chipped in to provide computer stations and meals to students in need.
Yes, but: The first day of virtual learning did not go smoothly.
- Supt. Talisa Dixon acknowledged the district "fell short in some areas" after parents complained of technical difficulties and slow loading times.
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