Established in 1946 and independent since 1978, the Akron Education Association is one of the largest independent teacher unions in the country. The Association represents more than 2000 teachers and support staff in the Akron Public Schools. The Association works toward improved teaching conditions, wages that attract and retain quality teachers, as well as the betterment of student welfare.
The Association also assists with issues common to other urban school districts and teachers in Ohio, through its membership in such organizations as The Coalition for Public Education, and the Ohio Eight Coalition. The Ohio Big 8 consists of the union presidents and superintendants of the eight large Ohio urban school districts.