Columbus strike: Teachers in Ohio’s largest school district vote to strike just before start of school year

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The Columbus Education Association union — which represents more than 4,000 teachers, nurses and other education professionals in the Columbus City School District — is striking for the first time since 1975 after 94% of its members voted to reject the ” last, best and last offer,” the union said on Sunday. Twitter.
Just a day before the vote in Ohio, a union representing about 2,000 Philadelphia school district employees voted to authorize a strike for higher wages and adequate training programs – just over a week before the Back to School.
In Columbus, the union cited class sizes and working heating and air conditioning in classrooms as examples of areas of disagreement with the board, according to the Columbus Education Association. notice of intention to strike.
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“We will continue to fight until we have schools that are safe, well-maintained and fully resourced in every neighborhood,” union spokeswoman Regina Fuentes told a conference on Monday. hurry.

The Columbus Board of Education called the vote result “disappointing.”

“Tonight’s vote by the Columbus Education Association (CEA) is incredibly disappointing. We are saddened by the unfortunate situation facing our families, our community and, most importantly, our children,” the board said. administration in a press release.
The council will hold an emergency meeting on Monday, according to its website.

Columbus City schools serve 47,000 students, according to the district.

Despite the strike, the school year is still scheduled to begin on Wednesday, with online and substitute-led classes, according to the school district’s website.

The district’s own administrators can also teach online classes while the strike continues, he said. But because teachers make up the bulk of the district’s coaching staff, sports activities can be postponed or canceled, according to the website.

CNN’s Taliah Miller contributed to this report.

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