Union files counterclaim in CPS levy fray

By Jessica Brown, Cincinnati.com

The Cincinnati teachers union says it’s OK for teachers to use company email and company time to discuss a pro-tax levy campaign.

It’s now asking a judge to say it’s OK, too.

The Cincinnati Federation of Teachers filed a motion last week in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court asking a judge to exempt it from a 2002 agreement between Cincinnati Public Schools and a local anti-tax group, the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST).

In the agreement, Cincinnati Public Schools agreed not to use property or personnel for campaign purposes.

The CFT, in a counterclaim filed Nov. 21, asks the judge to rule that portions of the COAST agreement violate teachers’ First Amendment rights and should be voided.


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