Thank You Alice Paul

Women_suffragists_picketing_in_front_of_the_White_house By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to the 2016 presidential race has got to be frustrated by now. At least once a day and sometimes more, my blood pressure rises to a level that cannot be healthy. But can you imagine […] Continue Reading… Follow Continue reading →

Who Really Deserves the F?

apples-to-oranges_blog By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association The F was not unexpected. My principal had prepared us, telling us that the district report cards were coming out, and that the grades were not good. He went on to say that he and our superintendent were not worried about those failing […] Continue Reading… Follow Continue reading →

College Credit Plus Part I: Potential Pitfalls for Students

CCP1-blog Ohio’s College Credit Plus program (CCP) is most likely well intended. CCP allows kids in grades 7-12 access to free dual-credit courses (college classes for which they earn high school and college credits). I’m a single mom, so I can certainly understand the fear that strikes a parent’s heart at the thought of paying for college tuition. However, I’m also a teacher, and from what I’ve seen, I’m just not sure the perks of College Credit Plus outweigh the myriad of potential problems. Continue reading →

Tests with More Questions Than Answers

AIR-blog By Julie Rine, Minerva Local Education Association During the holiday break, I went to the website of the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to see if more sample test items for the AIR assessment were available. Unfortunately, nothing new had been posted since the initial release a few months ago. […] Continue Reading… Follow Continue reading →

OEA Delegates Opting to Support Opt Out Rights

RA02TR By Dan Greenberg, Sylvania Education Association There were many firsts at the recent OEA Representative Assembly: The first time a Representative Assembly was held at the Ohio State Fairgrounds The first time the assembly hall smelled a little like horses and other farm animals The first time that the RA concluded with a […] Continue […] Continue reading →

The Triage of Teaching

triage The triage of teaching isn’t about who we give up on and who we still treat; it’s about choosing our battles, but never giving up the fight. It’s about doing our best to help all of our kids, no matter how many other people have stepped over them, no matter how much they’re hurting, and no matter what choices they make that in turn make our jobs harder. Continue reading →