teachers in Columbus, Ohio home to the state’s largest school district, went on strike on Monday over smaller class sizes and building safety requirements after negotiation with school board stalled.
Columbus Educational Association, teacher union said in statement on this is website that its educators and school communities “are on strike for our students” two days before new school year planned begin. union voted for on strike on sunday and said it would be on picket line starts at 7 am on Monday.
union said the school board left the negotiating table on July 28 and refused to agree to language in an agreement that will guarantee Columbus Students Basics like air air conditioning, appropriate class sizes and full-time artmusic and physical education teachers in elementary schools.”
“Bidding of the Columbus Educational Association team negotiated for months in attempt to reach an agreement, but the Columbus city schools continue to ignore the voices within our community and invest in our schools in a way which will improve the learning environment for our students,” the statement said.
union said on Twitter Sunday night what 94% of its members voted to abandon the school boards latest offer and go on strike for in first time since 1975. union represents more more than 4,000 teachers and education professionals.
The president of in board of education in Columbus City schools, which serve about 47,000 students according to the district, said on Sunday that the union vote the impact was “incredibly disappointing”.
“We are saddened by the disadvantaged situation of our families, our community and, most importantly, our children currently face’ said Jennifer Adair. in statement.
Adair said, board “offered a generous compensation package for teachers and positions that will have a positive impact on classes.”
“Our proposal was also in response to the concerns raised by the CEA during the negotiation process,” she said. “Our community’s children are a Council priority and our proposal reflected that fact”.
Adair said the school had a plan start on Wednesday means children will be studying online “continue learning and supporting students, despite current circumstances.” board did not specify on how it will be staff online education for his students.
“We value and respect our teachers and we will continue to on a path to joint decisions that relate to what best for our children,” she said.
School board said on this is website that he will hold an emergency meeting on Monday morning. union said on Twitter, what its supporters hoped for. join rally outside in board meeting.