Cleveland Teachers Union rejects tentative agreement

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CLEVELAND-- Members of the Cleveland Teachers Union voted to reject a tentative agreement with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

The vote was 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent. The two parties reached the agreement on Aug. 29 after about 21 hours of bargaining. That averted a strike.

“It was a close vote, but enough of our members clearly do not believe that the Tentative Agreement fixed the broken promises that occurred over the last three years. Our members know that there is still too much testing for our students and that evaluations must become significantly more fair," said Cleveland Teacher Union President David Quolke, in a news release on Thursday.

CMSD released the following statement:

"We are disappointed to learn that the Cleveland Teachers Union’s membership rejected the Tentative Agreement reached between the Union and the District, by 102 votes.

"While the District respects the decision of CTU’s members, we remain confident that the agreement reached between the District and Union bargaining teams was good for students and fair to teachers, while protecting the reforms of The Cleveland Plan.

"The District remains committed to bargaining a contract that meets these goals and that members can support.

"We will be prepared to meet with the CTU bargaining team in the days ahead and continue to work for an agreement that can be supported by all."

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