Teachers from the Columbus City School District will Strike just Days before Classes Begin
Strikes come as teachers wish to resolve learning conditions...
The Columbus Education Association Union announced that some of the teachers at Ohio’s largest school district will strike just days before the school year is set to kick off. The Union also announced that it will be the first strike to occur in decades.
"94% of Columbus Education Association (CEA) members voted to reject the (school) Board's last, best, and final offer and go on strike for the first time since 1975. CEA is committed to bargaining for the safe and welcoming, properly maintained, and fully-resourced public schools Columbus students deserve."
The Union announced in a statement.
Strikes come as teachers wish to resolve learning conditions. More specifically, teachers are pushing to fix the trouble of class sizes and heating and air conditioning in some of the classrooms as both have been deemed “unfunctional.”
"Tonight's vote by the Columbus Education Association (CEA) is incredibly disappointing. We are saddened by the unfortunate situation our families, our community, and, most importantly, our children now face."
The Columbus Board of Education said.
Nearly 47,000 students are enrolled in Columbus City Schools. The school year remains scheduled to start this week on Wednesday even as the strike goes on but classes will begin online and be organized by substitute teachers. The school district announced its own administrators may also be teaching some of the online classes. Sporting activities will be rescheduled or canceled as well.