COLUMBUS, Ohio – September 6, 2022 – The Columbus Education Association announced today that member Regina Fuentes has been selected to represent CEA, as well as the Union’s state affiliate the Ohio Education Association, at the Communities in Action: Building a Better Ohio forum to be held at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 7.
The forum will feature local elected officials and community leaders working on behalf of their communities to create opportunities and improve people’s everyday lives. Fuentes is a 24-year Columbus City Schools veteran who currently teaches English at Eastmoor Academy. She also volunteers as CEA spokesperson, recently serving as the Union’s voice on local and national media during the historic three-day CEA strike in August.
“One huge victory secured by our strike was a guarantee that every classroom, gym, auditorium, and cafeteria in our District will have functional air conditioning and heating for our nearly 50,000 students,” said Fuentes. “Most of the funding for these projects will come from the American Rescue Plan, so I’m excited to go to Washington, D.C. and share how we fought to put this critical legislation into action in our community- and won!”
Attendees will include Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, White House Director of Public Engagement Keisha Lance Bottoms, American Rescue Plan Coordinator Gene Sperling, and other Ohio community and labor leaders. A livestream from the White House event will be available with registration at: https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_EUsk_SrmSk-Xj0PaRqGfqw.
The Columbus Education Association is the union representing nearly 4,500 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other education professionals in Columbus City Schools.