Aug 25, 2022 - News

Teachers strike ending after overnight deal reached

Striking Columbus teachers on the picket line with signs.

Columbus City School teachers strike outside Livingston Elementary School on Monday. Photo: Maddie McGarvey/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

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.

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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