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… Follow 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… Follow 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 →

“Governor Kasich needs to invest more in public education”

REAl-sos-blog Governor John Kasich’s State of the State address was full of lofty rhetoric, but was short on substance. On several occasions, the Governor said that more details would be forthcoming. How does he plan to adequately fund Ohio’s public schools? Why does the state continue to direct millions of dollars to failing for-profit charter schools? Despite these detrimental funding cuts, public schools continue to outperform charter schools. Continue reading →

The REAL state of school funding in Ohio

Leatherman I am a resident of Medina County, a parent of two children who attend public schools, a veteran, a 7th grade history teacher, and I am the proud president of the Medina City Teachers Association. It is an honor to have this opportunity to speak before you today. I am here today on behalf of educators. I am here today to talk about the real state of school funding here in Ohio. In only four years, under Governor Kasich’s “careful planning,” ONE HALF OF ONE BILLION DOLLARS — that’s EIGHT zeros — have been taken from Ohio’s public schools. These cuts have drastically affected our children. Continue reading →

Anti-Union to Union Activist in just 40 years

teamsters-blog My daddy was a Teamster in the 70s when the news was full of stories about the ERA not passing, stagflation of the U.S. economy, and Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. I didn’t really mind that the big, brash truck driver was a Teamster. It just struck me that unions were a part of everything wrong with the world. So, how is it that now I am one of the building reps for my local association? Continue reading →