Cleveland School Board Approves Tentative Deal

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CLEVELAND– Avoiding another ugly local strike situation, a tentative deal has been reached between Cleveland’s school board and the teachers’ union.

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the tentative agreement.

Among the terms to keep 3200 teachers in the classroom and move forward with the Cleveland Plan, teachers will get a pay raise of 5% over the next three years.

Teachers will add 40 minutes to their day for planning and meetings with family members.

The new contract will involve a differentiated pay scale. Teachers will earn achievement credits for performance and not just experience, or years worked.  Once they earn 15 achievement credits, they get another raise.

“The process and the outcome of the talks are a testament to the culture change that is already taking place in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District,” said Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon.  “When teachers and administrators share the same values; talk first of what’s best for children and speak with one voice, our common goal to provide a quality education for every child is attainable.”

Teachers’ Union President David Quolke added, “This ground-breaking agreement paves the way for shared ownership in building a high-quality education system. The new agreement also rewards and recognizes the hard work teachers do by aligning teacher compensation with components and practices needed to improve teaching and learning.”

Teachers will pay more for healthcare insurance.

The teachers’ union will vote at the end of May.

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