Cleveland Schools' CEO Says Both Sides Are Working Towards a Deal

May 16, 2016

Cleveland schools CEO says tough negotiations are ahead, but he's committed to arriving at a deal with the Cleveland Teachers Union.
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Cleveland schools and its teachers union are in the midst of negotiating a new contract. 

But last week, both the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Teachers Union rejected a report by a neutral fact-finder. 

StateImpact Ohio’s Michelle Faust reports both sides say they’re ready to come back to the table.

The fact finder’s report was meant to provide new language that will help craft the teachers’ contracts.

If this is our letting blood in the street, fine, let's get to a deal.

Both the union and the district say the rejected report is a useful tool that gets them closer to a deal. 

Cleveland Teachers Union President David Quolke says the union has proposed solutions for numerous problems—including performance evaluations, pay scales, and student testing.

“Given the complexities of this issue, quite frankly, I would have been shocked if one side or the other would have accepted it just because they were so complex,” says Quolke.

CMSD CEO Eric Gordon says the process has been contentious, but both sides are closer than ever to a deal.

“I don’t know what it is about our bargaining in Cleveland, but it seems that if you haven’t let blood in the street, you can’t get to a deal. So, if this is our letting blood in the street, fine, let’s get to a deal.”

Both sides are working with a federal mediator to schedule the next round of negotiations—likely in the next couple of weeks.  The teachers’ contract expires at the end of June.