Teachers with Columbus City Schools accept new contract

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus City School teachers accepted a new contract Tuesday night.

Since the 2017-18 school year began, teachers had been working without a contract.

Members of the union met with leaders Tuesday night to debate points of the latest draft of the contract.

According to Tracey Johnson with Columbus Education Association, 63.4 percent voted to approve the offer. Johnson said this was one of the lowest acceptance rates ever.

Teachers will see a salary increase of 1.5 percent for the first year and 1 percent in the second year.

The Columbus Board of Education will now vote on the contract. If it passes the board, it will go into effect immediately.

The CEA also voted ‘no confidence’ in the current board for Columbus City Schools.

The district released the following statement Tuesday night:

From the beginning of the negotiations, representatives of Columbus City Schools and the Columbus Education Association have had productive conversations on a number of issues related to a new two-year contract. Tonight, agreement has been reached, with word that the union representing our teachers has voted to accept the Board of Education’s offer. The Board is expected to approve the contract at or before its regular meeting next Tuesday. This agreement will allow both sides to place full attention on what matters most in our District: serving and empowering our nearly 52,000 students, their families, and this community.