CLEVELAND -- Cleveland teachers have voted to reject a contract proposal recommended by a state fact-finder sending the union and school board back to negotiations.
The fact-finder's proposal recommended the elimination of six paid holidays for teacher, three voluntary paid professional days and three mandatory professional developments days.
If it had been approved by both sides, Cleveland Schools CEO Eric Gordon says the proposal would have saved the district $13.5 million. The district is facing a $19 million budget shortfall even after enacting layoffs and making cuts to other unions.
Eighty-five percent of teachers voted against the proposal.
The Cleveland Board of Education had approved the measure at its meeting last week.
CEO Gordon says the district intends to resume talks immediately.