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Teachers At Columbus Charter School Vote To Unionize

Tom Borgerding / WOSU News
A classroom at Franklinton Preparatory Academy on Chicago Avenue.

Teachers at a Columbus charter high school have narrowly voted to form a union. But the election outcome is contested.

Teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy on Chicago Avenue, voted 5 to 4 to join the state’s largest teachers union, the Ohio Education Association. If the vote withstands a challenge, Franklinton Prep would become the first of Ohio’s 370 charter schools to unionize.

  School attorney, Adam Schira, says the administration actively opposed formation of a union.

“We sought to inform the voters of a lot of things, but we did oppose the idea of unionizing in general,” says Schira.

Teacher Ryan Marchese headed the organizing effort. He says the union gives a “collective” voice to teachers that will also benefit students. Franklinton Preparatory Academy enrolls about 130 students.