CCS Continues To Progress Academically

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently released 2008-2009 report cards, measuring the academic progress of every school and school district across the state. Columbus City Schools kept its rating of Continuous Improvement. Equivalent to a grade of “C”, this marks the third year CCS has maintained this designation.

“It is due to the hard work of the teachers of Columbus that the district has been able to maintain the rating of Continuous Improvement,” said CEA President Rhonda Johnson.

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CEA Members Ratify Two-Year Contract

2009genmemmtgMore than 1,200 members of the Columbus Education Association converged on Veteran’s Memorial on Tuesday, June 2, to consider the two-year tentative agreement between the CEA and the Columbus Board of Education. After the introduction of local dignitaries, gathered members were welcomed by CEA President Rhonda Johnson.

“We are living in uncertain economic times,” said President Johnson. “Compared to when Issue 75 passed in November at 7.85 mils, fewer people are paying property taxes. This reduces the effective amount that the levy collects.” “Despite the passage of the levy and the federal stimulus money,” continued Johnson, “the treasurer would only certify a two-year contract.”

“Your bargaining team has worked long and hard to bring you the package that you see before you,” stated Negotiations Chair Deborah Huffman-Mirib.

“I got worried as I saw the economy happen,” said Chief Negotiator Rick Logan. “This round of bargaining was some of the hardest work from the core team since CEA’s first contract in 1969.

Among the items included in the package:

  • Clear and grieveable expectations of elementary grade-card access and entry.
  • Duty-free periods for elementary Senior Faculty Representatives
  • Additional professional development related to special education
  • Increased days for adoptive leave
  • Expansion of catastrophic sick leave provisions
  • Preservation of insurance benefits for current members
  • Addition of domestic partners for primary coverage under insurance and use of sick leave
  • Elimination of the Comprehensive Major Medical plan and the addition of the “single plus one” premium tier
  • Use of teacher-level value-added data as one factor in determining teacher eligibility for the Performance Advancement System (PAS)
  • A $4,000 stipend for eligible teachers who elect to serve at the superintendent’s discretion in “high-needs” schools
  • Addition of step 15 to the salary schedule and index changes in longevity steps
  • A 1.75 percent raise in the first year, and a 2 percent raise in the second year of the contract

After questions and debates, 89 percent of members voted resoundingly to ratify the tentative agreement. The Columbus Board of Education is scheduled to take its vote at a later date.

Columbus City School Students Earn Top Rating From Department Of Education

The Ohio Department of Education recently released the first annual report on students’ progress using value-added data for Ohio’s 610 school districts. The students of Columbus City Schools earned the district the highest rating possible from the state, achieving over a year’s worth of academic progress in a single school year. CCS joins other local suburban school districts, such as Bexley, Dublin, Hilliard, New Albany-Plain and Upper Arlington that are ranked in the top category. This rating puts CCS in the top half of all school districts across the state, surpassing Grandview Heights and Worthington City Schools, the only district in Franklin County given the “A” rating by the state of Ohio.

 

This data shows the enormous gains that Columbus Public School teachers make with their students. “Our students are growing more academically than anywhere in Central Ohio,” responded Columbus Education Association President Rhonda Johnson. “With the implementation of value-added, the high performance of our students and teachers have truly been documented in a way that has not yet accurately been shown on state report cards.”

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