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CEA President Rhonda Johnson

Welcome back! We at the CEA are preparing for a great school year. However, we are starting on a bittersweet note. Seventeen teachers from Superintendent Harris’ layoff list remain reduced, and we continue to fight for their jobs. However, 96 teachers have been recalled to work (or declined positions), a slight victory for our vigilance. We also hear that the state has received funds that could be applied to teacher salaries, if the governor so chooses.

We have seen the results of last year’s tests. Results were mixed. One big marker, our graduation rate, showed a slight dip. But we know it won’t stay there long. We’ve already made a lot of progress, and this year marks the beginning of a redoubled reform plan. Thanks to a $1.25 million grant from the NEA Foundation, CEA, along with the school district and United Way of Central Ohio, will begin implementing our effort to increase academic achievement in the Briggs and Linden-McKinley feeder patterns. Thirteen schools will be the intense focus of a community-wide effort to help their children and families address obstacles blocking success.

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CCS BOE Unanimously Approves CEA Contract Extension

Image courtesy and copyright Brian Fensermacher.The Columbus Board of Education ratified the one-year extension of the contract with the Columbus Education Association. The one-year deal includes a 2.5% raise, continuation of funding for the Gainsharing and PAS programs and no changes in insurance for bargaining unit members. At a mass meeting on Monday, Association members overwhelmingly ratified the proposed agreement. The Columbus Board of Education’s unanimous vote in favor of the contract extension officially begins the negotiations process to a close.

“It’s an equitable agreement in tough economic times,” said CEA President Rhonda Johnson. We can still maintain progress, maintain teacher quality and move forward.”