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2015
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There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.

Franklinton Preparatory Academy

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A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Columbus, Ohio, are looking to unionize.  The group, the Franklinton Preparatory Academy Educators Association, has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board and an election could come as quickly as seven weeks from now.  The teachers would be the first in the region to successfully join a union and would be represented by the state’s largest teachers union, the Ohio Education Association (OEA).  

OEA Vice President Scott DiMauro told WOSU, “What we know in this situation is that there’s a group of teachers that are dissatisfied with the working conditions they are facing there and the support that they have from their administration.”

DiMauro told NPR’s StateImpact that this is a new scenario for his union in a state which has 387 charter schools:

“This is the only school at the moment that I’m aware of where we’ve essentially had a sizable group of the faculty or kind of a critical mass that have come to us.”

Franklinton Preparatory Academy currently serves 135 high school students.

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