This is the Way Public Education Ends

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 4.41.10 PM Okay, so you really should give this a listen. It’s the story of a school district in New York where a motivated majority takes over the school board. They do it in order to destroy the public school system. So? Why should you care? Ohio isn’t New York. Because it’s a working model of how a group of people, duly elected, can go about destroying a public school system with impunity. It’s a model that can be adapted to work anywhere. Continue reading →

Support Public Education by Voting Out ALEC

alec-protests-via-flickr_1 American journalist Walter Lippmann once said, “Successful politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate elements in their constituencies.” Most people’s viewpoints aren’t quite as cynical as Mr. Lippmann’s, but the simple truth is that some politicians do try to manipulate […] Continue reading →

Support the candidates who are going to support you as an education professional

10082014 Greenberg election blog This time, four years ago, we had no idea what was coming as a result of the November 2010 elections. Unfortunately, we now know the ramifications of that election. We know that it doesn’t matter whether you’re an educator who is Republican, Democrat or Independent. The education mandates of the last four years apply to all of us equally. We know what happens when we elect people who don’t value public education, who are more loyal to charter profiteers than to Ohio’s children. With all that has happened in the last four years, is there any doubt how critical this November’s elections are? Continue reading →

What We’re Fighting For

reynoldsburg-strike-post Normally, the first thought about a labor dispute is that it is about salary and benefits. That really isn’t the case in Reynoldsburg. This is about what is the best learning environment for our students and giving our students, our parents, and our community the schools they deserve. Continue reading →

Pros, prose and now checklists

Improv571x357 96 dpi I’m looking over Gallup’s “State of America’s Schools Report.” There’s a lot of interesting stuff in it and you should probably read it. This statement caught my interest: Among employees in 12 different occupational categories Gallup surveyed in 2012, K-12 teachers were the least likely to agree with the statement, [...] Continue Reading… Continue reading →

Give Our Students the Services They Need to Succeed

Ridgeway-services-to-succeed Recently, I received another email from a colleague that all of her school district’s libraries will be manned by paraprofessionals next year. The position of “certified school librarian” is being eliminated entirely. This has become an-all-too common scenario in the state of Ohio. Teachers and service personnel are often shocked [...] Continue Reading… Continue reading →

Equity and Fairness in Higher Education

high-ed Is it time for Ohio to revisit the part-time faculty, collective bargaining issue in higher education? The Mid-Biennium Review calls for Higher Education funding to be tied to student completion of programs and degrees. Is this fair to our higher institutions, including community colleges? Weigh in with your comments on the OEA blog. Continue reading →

The Education Spring

npe Earlier this month I traveled to Austin, Texas for the Network for Public Education (NPE) National Conference. Spring was definitely in the air in Austin, but it had less to do with the weather than with the NPE conference attendees. The spring they were referring to is the upcoming “education spring,” which we are hopeful will play out over the next few months. Continue reading →

A Small Case with Big Ramifications

Harris-Quinn This case, brought by the National Right to Work Committee, which has been linked to billionaire conservative mega-donors Charles and David Koch, could render a ruling that would impact all public sector unions, even in Ohio, in a manner similar to “Right to Work” legislation. Continue reading →
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