PARMA, Ohio – Teachers at Summit Academy in Parma are on strike after negotiations with the charter school’s management broke down over the weekend.
About 25 teachers work at the school of 200 students.
Most students there have special needs.
Classes have been cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
According to a press release from The Ohio Federation of Teachers, the teachers are striking over an unfair labor practice charge. The release says the teachers want better safety conditions and manageable class sizes, among other things.
Summit Academy Management writes on its website that regular classes will resume on February 21.
Teachers tell FOX 8 they don’t have any agreement from Summit Academy Management on any rescheduled negotiations.
FOX 8 received a statement from Summit Academy Management.
“Summit Academy Management (SAM) is extremely dissapointed by the union’s continued insistence to abandon their classrooms at our Parma Community School. Their insincerity to work toward a resolution was highlighted last week by their membership emptying classrooms and introducing new eleventh-hour demands at the bargaining table. Their actions call into question if they were ever serious about identifying solutions. The real victims of their theatrics are our students, may of whom are especially sensitive to such disruptions. We’re actively planning to restore classroom operations on Thursday and seeking to minimize the impact of the union’s actions on our students and their families. We’re encouraging union members to ignore any picket lines and report to work as scheduled with our other, non-union staff and will be hiring substitute teachers to fill in where needed.”