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Ohio Board of Education Member Applauds Tentative Contract

[photo: Michelle Faust/ ideastream]

by Michelle Faust

Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers will work on Friday, averting a planned strike. A local education official applauds the tentative contract reached Tuesday between the Cleveland Teachers Union and CMSD.

Mary Rose Oakar, Ohio Board of Education representative for the Cleveland area, says she’s happy to see the union and the district came to an 11th hour agreement early Tuesday morning. 

“I’m glad they worked hard. Twenty-one straight hours in bargaining is very, very important, and if the teachers and others vote for the ratification of the contract, that’ll be it,” says Oakar.

Oakar says teachers had legitimate concerns about their evaluations, which had been a stumbling block in negotiations with the district.

The teachers’ contracts expired in July. Details of the tentative agreement have not been released.  The contract will go to union members and the Cleveland school board for approval. Both sides report those votes are not yet scheduled.