CEA Approves New Contract. In-Person Classes in Columbus Schools Begin

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus Education Association voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to approve a new three-year contract, and end their strike against the Columbus City School district.

The teachers union voted to authorize the strike on August 21st, and began picketing on August 22nd, just two days before the scheduled start of the new school year. Students began the new academic year on remote learning, during the strike, and athletics and extracurricular activities were either rescheduled or canceled.

A marathon bargaining session last week between the CEA and the school board led to a "conceptual agreement" on a new contract early Thursday morning.

CEA members gathered at Huntington Park Sunday to review the contract and vote, with 71% approving.

Columbus School Board President Jennifer Adair says Monday will be treated like a traditional first day of school, with teachers and students back in the classroom. The school board will also approve the contract on Monday.

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