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Gahanna-Jefferson teachers vote to authorize 10-day strike notice

Columbus Dispatch |

The notice was filed Friday with the State Employment Relations Board, said Betsy Baker, spokeswoman for the Gahanna Jefferson Education Association. This decision comes after an “unsuccessful” mediation session earlier this week, after the school district announced a return to in-person learning beginning Oct. 13, Baker said.

“We are not saying we don’t want to go back to school,” she said. “The issue right now is that we don’t feel the current proposed hybrid plan is safe and equitable for our students. We’re open to any option that would provide that safety and equity and set our students up for success.”

Meanwhile, Superintendent Steve Barrett also released a statement from the district: “Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools leaders are deeply concerned about the recent actions of the teachers’ union as they consider a strike, especially as mediation sessions continue,” Barrett’s statement said.