Under the gray skies of a cold January afternoon in Franklinton, a new chapter was started in the book of Columbus labor history. On Thursday, Jan. 22, three charter school teachers at the Franklinton Preparatory Academy (FPA), housed at the former CCS Chicago Avenue Elementary School, stood up for their students, their families and their profession. They read a letter to Marty Griffith, the school’s founder, principal and CEO, informing him of their intent to make FPA the first unionized charter school in Central Ohio.
On Thursday, November 13th, the House Education Committee accepted an amendment to House Bill 343 that would eliminate minimum teacher salaries in Ohio law, as well as the school employee and teacher single salary schedule (requires equal base pay for individuals with same experience and training). The amendment was accepted on a party line vote (all Democrats voting “No”).