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Cincinnati School Board and teachers reach tentative agreement

Ann Thompson
File photo of CPS Superintendent Mary Ronan and CFT President Julie Sellers.

Cincinnati Public School teachers will get their first across-the-board raise in six years, if they okay a new 3-year contract hammered out by negotiating teams for the Cincinnati Board of Education and the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers.

The District says the proposed 4 percent salary increase, retroactive to January 1, 2014 and a 2 percent increase for 2015, contingent on stable local funding, will make it easier to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers.

Other provisions of the proposed contract include:

  • Adjusting the teacher evaluation system to be in line with the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System
  • Reducing district testing to allow for more instructional time
  • Better meeting the needs of students with disabilities with collaboration between regular and special education teachers
  • Providing an earlier schedule for teacher assignments and transfers
  • Re-opening health care provisions in the fall

The Cincinnati School Board will talk about the proposed contract at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday May 19, 2014. The CFT will then vote on it May 27 and 28.

Ann Thompson has decades of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting.