August 19, 2022 -- The Columbus Board of Education presented its last, best and final offer to the Columbus Education Association (CEA), after 22 bargaining sessions over five months. It is a strong offer. It’s responsive to the concerns that have been raised. The offer is respectful and reflects how important our teachers are to our district.
The offer can be viewed by clicking here or seeing the attachment below. It should be brought to CEA members for a vote. Below is a summary:
A Guarantee of More Money for Teachers and All CEA Members
A Commitment to Fixing Air Conditioning Issues
A Commitment to Smaller Classes in Grades K-5
A Creative Approach to Paid Leave for New Parents
More Help for Students From More Specialists
The last, best and final offer includes an agreement – technically called a memorandum of understanding – to hire 25 additional full-time nurses, behavioral specialists, school psychologists and speech language pathologists in fiscal years 2024 and 2025. The agreement also specifies that all 25 new employees will be CEA members.
More Time for Teachers to Plan
An agreement in the last, best and final offer gives teachers a day dedicated to planning, with students not in schools, for each of the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years. Teachers may work remotely that day, and the planning days are timed to provide one four-day weekend in February of each school year.