Archives for August 2013

It takes discipline

The students are coming, and so is the need to have a plan to address discipline problems that may arise at your school. The Master Agreement specifies that your administrator, in consultation with the ABC, must create a discipline plan and put it in writing.

At schools where the principal is newly assigned, the discipline plan must be in place within ten days following the first day of student attendance. A school that has the same administrator from the previous year must have a discipline plan in place by the first day of student attendance. Failure to have a plan in place is subject to a grievance at Step 2 against the principal.

For more information, refer to Section 208.03 of the Master Agreement or call CEA at 253-4731.









Recess? When?

Don’t forget to determine your school’s recess policy. This must occur during the first two teacher workdays. CEA fought hard to preserve and clarify elementary recesses in the contract. Each school can decide whether to have one or two 15-minute student recesses per day. A change requires a secret ballot vote of the staff conducted by the FR. If you do not take a vote, the status quo from last year remains. CEA urges you not to give up your school’s recesses-our students need them. For full information, refer to Section 302.06 of the Addendum to the Master Agreement.










Turn on, tune in

CEA President Rhonda Johnson was recently the guest on “Teacher Talk,” the highly-rated Tuesday-evening Columbus Education Association radio show on WCBE-FM hosted by Sue Misiak. Among the topics discussed: the year to come with interim Superintendent Dr. Dan Good; the upcoming Columbus schools’ levy request; efforts to increase public education funding, and the CCS Reading Recovery partnership with The Ohio State University.

Tune in to the show at 7 p.m. each first and third Tuesday. Rhonda’s interview aired Aug. 26. If you missed “Teacher Talk,” go to to listen to the podcast.