The Columbus Education Association – which represents more than 4,000 teachers, nurses and other education professionals in the Columbus City Schools District – said it would be its first strike in decades.
Columbus City schools serve 47,000 students, according to the district.
Despite the strike, the school year is still scheduled to start on Wednesday, but classes will be online and led by substitutes, according to the school district’s website.
The district says its own administrators can also teach classes online while the strike continues. But because teachers make up the bulk of the district’s coaching staff, sports activities can be postponed or canceled, according to the website.
The Columbus City school strike isn’t the only one taking place this week.
The Philadelphia union, 32BJ SEIU, is demanding higher wages and adequate training programs.