Columbus City School Board Authorizes Teacher Strike Contingency Plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus City School Board of Education has authorized the Superintendent to come up with a contingency plan, in case the teachers union goes on strike this summer.

Negotiations continue on a new contract for teachers, and protests in recent weeks have focused on tax breaks for corporations, which teachers claim take money from the classroom.

The teachers also want pay increases and smaller class sizes.

Last week, the union authorized a 10-day notice to strike, should the negotiations on a new contract break down.

In Tuesday's School Board meeting, the board authorized Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon to seek and recommend contingency services, in case of a strike.

Board members say the school district will operate as planned if the teachers hit the picket lines.

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