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Unsafe for Special Needs Students

Larger class sizes and cut backs on supplemental services have negative consequences for students with special needs. As a special education teacher, parents not only trust me to educate their child; they also want me to make sure their child is safe. Issue 2 will hurt our students, not only their education, but their safety too. For me, that’s just too much to risk, which is why I am voting NO on Issue 2. Continue reading →

Shared Responsibility and Fairness

Educators step up to do their part by providing the stable, nurturing, inspiring environment that makes it possible to reach each student individually. If we are serious about preparing all young people—from pre-K to high school to college and beyond—then we all need to work together, but some Columbus politicians think they’re excused from the kinds of sacrifices we’ve all had to make. Simply put, the rules don’t apply to them. That’s not fair to my students, their families or mine—and that’s why I am voting NO on Issue 2 to repeal Senate Bill 5. Continue reading →

Portrait of a Lunch Lady

My name is Tina Adams, and I am the lunch lady. Every school day for the past 27 years, I have cooked healthy meals and nutritious treats to feed hundreds of hungry kids. For many of my students, the food I serve may be the only meals they receive all day. I keep my students’ bellies full, so teachers can feed their minds. My current salary is just under $20,000 a year, which has grown only a measly amount since I started as a school food service worker nearly three decades ago. Falling under the federal poverty level, my annual salary is so low that it ironically qualifies me for food stamps. Continue reading →

More Than Just a History Lesson

Many of our students do not know life as it was before 9/11. September 11th is a day that they’ve heard about but neither remember nor fully understand. Because 9/11 falls on a Sunday, you will need to plan activities for the Friday before or the week after. There isn’t much time to pull ideas together so here are a few quick suggestions. Continue reading →

Students Lose with SB 5

My name is Sophia Rodriguez, and I am the American dream. The daughter of a migrant worker, my parents came to Mercer County in the ‘50s so they could build a better life for me and my three siblings. I vividly remember that day my mother received her GED—I was in the eighth grade and […] Continue reading →

School Nurse: Safety At Risk

In the 21 years that I have been a school nurse, I’ve seen it all. From treating students with strep throat to comforting children who are coping with mental illness, I have devoted my life to helping kids. That’s why I have very real fears that Issue 2 will put students at risk. We need […] Continue reading →
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