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Issue 2 ultimately will hurt my students

 Born and raised in Dayton, I became a teacher after working two years in the business world, feeling like my work didn’t make a difference. I entered the teaching professional to contribute to my community and inspire children—just as my teachers had done for me. Like most teachers, I have educators in my family. This […] Continue reading →

Issue 2 unfairly creates two sets of rules

 For more than 30 years, I have been teaching students with disabilities in an urban school district. Teaching kindergarten, in a tough school—to students with disabilities—is a difficult job, but I love it. The growth I witness in my students with disabilities, including developmental delays, autism, and traumatic brain injury, are worth all my efforts […] Continue reading →

Collective bargaining is democracy for educators!

 Debate is good—it often yields innovation. Debate is the cornerstone of an educated modern society. Collective bargaining is just that—a debate. Collective bargaining allows educators to have a discussion about what we need to help ensure that  our students are prepared to succeed. And what happens in a debate? Both sides come to a table, […] Continue reading →

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 →