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Cincinnati teacher, BOE announce tentative contract agreement

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Union representing Cincinnati Public School teachers and staff and the Cincinnati Board of Education have reached a tentative contract agreement.  The school board will vote on the contract December 13th during their regular meeting while members of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers will vote to ratify the contract on December 15th and 16th.

The agreement must be ratified by a majority of union members and the school board. Union and district leadership deferred discussion of specific terms of the agreement until members of the CFT and the CPS clerical support union, the Association of Cincinnati Public Schools Office Personnel, could be briefed.

If ratified, the agreement will replace the previous contracts, which expired at the end of 2009.

"This tentative agreement continues the CFT's proud tradition of being a national leader in working collaboratively to develop innovations to advance the professionalism of teaching and accelerate student achievement. It accomplishes our goal of having a contract that will support teachers and school staff and help students continue their academic improvement," said Julie Sellers, president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers.

Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan praised negotiators on both sides for their perseverance to get to an agreement. "It took nearly 12 months, but I believe it was worth the wait," she said. "Despite the difficult economic times, we have reached an agreement that is student-centered, fiscally responsible, and will support and enhance the quality of our great teaching staff. We will build on Cincinnati's long history of working together to improve our schools and provide the city's children the education they will need to succeed in the 21st century."

Ronan also thanked the district's parents and community partners for their recognition of the importance of the negotiations as an opportunity to strengthen teaching and learning in the district.

"Throughout this process, our partners have consistently and publicly encouraged both sides to avert impasse and stay at the table to reach a transformative agreement, and we've accomplished that," she said.

Union representatives will be meeting with members over the next week to explain the terms of the contract. 


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