COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus Education Association, which represents more than 4,000 teachers, has reached a conceptual agreement on a new contract.
The news comes via tweet from the CEA's twitter account Friday morning, and was reached after 17 hours of negotiations with district officials.
The teachers' union had threatened to strike if a new agreement was not reached by the time the old contract expired, on August 20th.
The first day of school in the Columbus City School district is August 22nd.
Teachers had been arguing for smaller class sizes, increased wages, better working conditions, and an end to tax breaks for corporations.
No details were released on the conceptual agreement, which still needs to be approved by the rank-and-file teachers.