State’s Largest School District, Teachers OK 3-year Contract

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s largest school district and its teachers union have approved a three-year contract that includes pay raises and some smaller class sizes.

The Board of Education for the 50,000-student Columbus City Schools district approved the agreement Monday. The Columbus Education Association ratified it Sunday. The union represents more than 4,000 school employees, including teachers, nurses, counselors, social workers and other education professionals.

The contract guarantees annual 3% pay raises and provides that buildings with students in grades 7-12 will create an intervention room to house in-school suspension as an alternative to out-of-school discipline.

Superintendent Talisa Dixon’s statement said the contract focuses on “increasing student achievement and retaining highly qualified teachers.”

Union President John Coneglio said it represents a “huge, tangible step forward” for students, educators and community.”