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Teachers in Ohios largest school district continue strike days before school year starts

Teachers in Columbus, Ohio, home to the states largest school district, continued strike Monday over smaller class sizes and building safety demands after bargaining negotiations with the institution board stalled.

The Columbus Education Association, the teachers union, said in a statement on its website that its educators and school communities are on strike for the students two days prior to the new school year is scheduled to begin with. The union voted to be on strike Sunday and said it could be on the picket line beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.

The union said the institution board walked from the bargaining table on July 28 and contains refused to consent to language in a contract that may guarantee Columbus students basics like air-con, appropriate class sizes, and full-time art, music, and P.E. teachers in elementary schools.

The Columbus Education Associations bargaining team has negotiated for months so that they can reach an agreement, but Columbus City Schools continues to disregard the voices in your community and spend money on our schools in a manner that will improve learning conditions for the students, the statement said.

The union said on Twitter Sunday night that 94% of its members voted to reject the institution boards latest offer and continue strike for the very first time since 1975. The union represents a lot more than 4,000 teachers and education professionals.

The president of the board of education at Columbus City Schools, which based on the district serves some 47,000 students, said Sunday that the unions vote to strike was incredibly disappointing.

We have been saddened by the unfortunate situation our families, our community and, most of all, our kids now face, Jennifer Adair said in a statement.

Adair said the board offered a generous compensation package for teachers and provisions that could have a confident effect on classrooms.

Our offer was also attentive to the concerns which have been raised by CEA through the negotiations process, she said. Our communitys children will be the Boards priority, and our offer reflected that fact.

Adair said that school is scheduled to start out on Wednesday, and therefore children will undoubtedly be learning online to keep educating and supporting students regardless of the current circumstances. The board didn’t elaborate on what it could staff online learning because of its students.

We value and respect our teachers, and we’ll keep on a path toward collaborative solutions that address what’s best for the children, she said.

The institution board said on its website that it could hold a crisis meeting on Monday evening. The union said on Twitter that it hoped its supporters would join a rally beyond your board meeting.

DaniellaSilva is really a reporter for NBC News, concentrating on education and how laws, policies and practices affect students and teachers. She also writes about immigration.

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