Akron Public Schools, Teachers Agree

Akron Public Schools, Teachers Agree
Posted on 01/09/2023
Three negotiating sessions with a federal mediator this week have led to a tentative agreement between Akron Public Schools and the Akron Education Association, representing teachers. This agreement averts a strike that had been planned for 12:01 Monday morning, January 9, 2023.

Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack, in negotiation sessions this weekend said after the agreement was reached, "I am pleased to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with leaders of the Akron Education Association (AEA), so our students can report to school Monday in person, as usual.

Because of the hard work and commitment of both sides, our students will experience no interruption in their classroom experience.

To our families, community, staff and administrators who have supported our joint efforts toward this resolution, we appreciate you."

Board President N.J. Akbar, Ph.D., added, "I am pleased to report that the Akron Board of Education has reached a tentative agreement with leaders of the Akron Education Association (AEA), so our students can report to school tomorrow.

While I cannot share details yet, we want everyone in Akron Public Schools and the Akron community to know that we have reached this agreement in the best interest of our students and in honor and recognition of the dedication our teachers share in achieving increased student outcomes. There was never a question from this board that our teachers deserved more – we hold that same value.

We believe this agreement is best for our district at this time and will require us to focus on the future, together. We are all APS and, together, we can and will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of our young scholars.

I'd like to personally thank all of our families, the Akron community, APS staff and administrators who have supported our collective efforts to enable our students to continue in-person education. We appreciate your understanding, patience and continued support of our district."
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