September 4, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Cleveland, OH – After a 21-hour bargaining session that lasted until 5 a.m. on Aug. 30, the Cleveland Teachers Union reached a tentative contract agreement with the city school district, averting a strike scheduled to start Sept. 2.
No details of the deal were released, and neither the union nor the school board said when they plan to vote on it. “We worked hard to avoid any disruption to our students' education,” CTU President David Quolke said in a statement released by both sides. "We were able to bring back a contract that is good for kids and fair for educators— that our members will be proud to ratify.” School officials said they wanted to reach a deal “without eroding reforms vital to continuing the progress” made under the “Cleveland Plan,” a plan to improve city schools enacted by the state legislature in 2012. Read more