Hundreds of Columbus teachers protest at city hall Monday

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Hundreds of teachers with Columbus City Schools marched outside of City Hall Monday as contract negotiations continue with the school board. The march began before the city council’s scheduled meeting.

Last month, the nearly 4,000-member Columbus Education Association teachers authorized a 10-day notice, in the event they go on strike.

CEA leadership is in the process of trying to obtain a new contract for the city’s teachers, which would include higher pay and more benefits. The teachers are also encouraging district leaders to reduce class sizes.

The CEA’s current contract expires Aug. 18, just one day before the start of the 2019-20 school year.

The board has previously approved a letter of agreement with Huffmaster Crisis Response, a Michigan-based company, that will provide a pre-strike contingency planning service. The company provided assistance in 2014 during the Reynoldsburg City Schools teachers’ strike.

Scott Wortman, the Columbus City Schools Chief of Communications, issued the following statement ahead of Monday’s rally:

“The Board of Education continues to negotiate in good faith and feels that progress is being made towards a deal that is fair to all parties. We look forward to more discussions with CEA this week.”

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