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Columbus school board and teachers' union to review new contract this weekend

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Details on the tentative agreement that ended the recent Columbus teachers' strike have yet to be released, but both the Columbus school board and the union will be meeting separately over the weekend to review the deal.

The Columbus City Schools Board of Education is holding a special meeting on Friday night. The sole agenda item is an executive session to consider the agreement.

The full Columbus Education Association, the teachers union which has nearly 4,500 members, will meet Sunday afternoon at Huntington Park to vote on the contract.

The school board and the union reached a "conceptual agreement" early Thursday morning after 13 hours of negotiating to end the three-day strike.

Columbus teachers went on strike on Monday. That forced the district to start the school year on Wednesday in remote learning with substitute teachers. Remote learning continued through Friday. If the contract is approved by both sides over the weekend, teachers and students will be back in the classroom on Monday.

The district resumed athletic, band, and drill team practices on Friday.

Matthew Rand is a reporter for 89.7 NPR News. Rand served as an interim producer during the pandemic for WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher.