Columbus teachers OK new contract

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Teachers in the Columbus City Schools will soon be working under a new contract.

The teachers' union Tuesday approved a two-year contract, one that includes raises each year.

But it was a reluctant vote by members, who also voted no confidence in the school board.

Union leaders say the pact doesn't go far enough in addressing teachers' concerns about salaries and working conditions.

The school board, which is expected to vote to ratify the contract next week, released a statement after the union's decision:

"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."

(ABC6/FOX28 contributed to this story.)

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