COLUMBUS— Leader Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) released the following statement after the Columbus Education Association (CEA) voted on Sunday to ratify a contract with Columbus City Schools, ending the contract dispute and getting students back in the classroom.
“Every student and teacher in Ohio deserves to be supported and provided a safe learning environment,” said Leader Russo. “This agreement is a win for students, parents, and teachers. I’m glad this contract will reduce class sizes, ensure adequate classroom heating and cooling so students are warm in the winter & comfortable during hot months, and create a paid family leave program for teachers. Better lives and brighter futures begin in the classroom and these investments will provide better opportunities for students, teachers, and their families.”
Highlights of the contract include:
· All student learning areas will be climate controlled by the beginning of the 2025-2026 school year, including heating, proper ventilation, and air conditioning;
· New limit on filling full-time education related service positions, including psychologists and nurses, with out-of-state workers employed by for profit companies;
· Paid parental leave program for teachers; and
· Salary increases to attract and retain quality educators.