Students, teachers, and support staff in Ohio’s largest school district returned to the classroom on Monday after the Columbus Education Association won a new contract and ended its weeklong strike.
Gathered at the local minor league ballpark on Sunday, CEA members voted 71% to 29% to approve a three-year contract with Columbus City Schools that satisfies most of the union’s demands, which revolved around improving students’ learning environments and opportunities.
“We are so excited to get back to where we belong—our classrooms—doing what we do best: educating our students and shaping the future of our great city,” CEA spokesperson Regina Fuentes said at a press conference.
As The Columbus Dispatch reported, the agreement includes:
- A contractual guarantee that all student learning areas will be climate controlled no later than the start of the 2025-2026 school year, including installation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in buildings currently without HVAC, and in buildings that currently …