August 22, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Cleveland, OH – Leaders of the Cleveland Teachers Union announced Aug. 15 that they will go on strike Sept. 2 if they can’t reach a contract deal with the city school district before then.
The main dispute is over pay: Cleveland is the only school district in Ohio that doesn’t give teachers raises for years of experience or obtaining advanced degrees. Under the “Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools,” enacted by the state in 2012, pay increases are based on teachers’ annual evaluations, which are heavily colored by their students’ test scores. The 2013 contract stated that teachers should also get more pay for taking classes to improve their skills and for working in positions that are hard to fill, but the union and the district have not agreed how to implement that. “It is our hope that the CMSD [Cleveland Municipal School District] and the Mayor will commit to using the next two weeks to resolve the contract,” CTU President David Quolke said in a statement. Read more