Christa Dias, the Cincinnati-area Catholic school teacher fired for using artificial insemination to have a baby, was awarded $171,000 by a jury today. The jury decided her firing violated anti-discrimination laws because she was fired after becoming pregnant.
The Cleveland Teachers Union voted to ratify a new contract at the end of last week. The contract sets up a new salary schedule based on performance, replacing the existing schedule of step-increases.
Teachers will also get a 4 percent overall increase the first year of the contract, and a 1 percent increase the third year.
It’s been nearly a year since the Obama administration gave leniency for some children who immigrated to the United States illegally.
Known as DACA – deferred action for childhood arrivals – the measure gives these young people some protection even though they aren’t citizens or legal residents. Nearly 2 million people are eligible for the DACA program.
This is the first year DACA students are applying for colleges, but their uncertain legal status can be a problem.Continue Reading
Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee has been reprimanded by the university’s Board of Trustees for jokes he made about Catholics at a meeting of the school’s Athletic Council.
During the council’s December meeting, Gee said Notre Dame University never joined the Big Ten Conference because Catholic priests can’t be trusted.
The Associated Press obtained a recording of that meeting:
“The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they’re holy hell on the rest of the week,” Gee said to laughter at the Dec. 5 meeting attended by Athletic Director Gene Smith, several other athletic department members, professors and students.
“You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that,” said Gee, a Mormon.
It’s been a rough school year for Columbus City Schools. The district is under investigation by the State Auditor’s office and the FBI for tampering with student attendance data and grades. Plus the district has a history of less-than-stellar academic results.
Now there’s a bill making its way through the Ohio House that aims to improve Columbus City Schools.Continue Reading
It’s now easier for teachers coming from out-of-state to come work in Ohio – as long as they’ve been teaching for the last five years consecutively and are not coming from Alaska, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota or Wyoming.
Last night the Cleveland school board unanimously agreed to what city and union officials are hailing as a groundbreaking teacher contract for Ohio. Union members will vote later this month.
The contract spells out a new basis for teacher pay hikes. Raises merely for lasting another year in the job are out; so are automatic bumps for an extra degree. Instead, “pay for performance” is in.Continue Reading
Carla Hale, the gay teacher recently fired from a Columbus-area Catholic school, does not have her union’s support in her efforts to get her job back.
Hale was initially fired from Bishop Watterson High School after naming her girlfriend in an obituary for her mother.
Hale argues she was fired for being gay. The Catholic church has maintained that she was fired for revealing a “quasi-spousal relationship” outside of marriage.
Our colleagues at WOSU report the Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators said it will not support Hale in her efforts to get her job back:
In a letter from the teachers’ union Hale provided to WOSU, union President Kathleen Mahoney stated, “[the union's] decision should not be interpreted as reflecting unfavorably upon Ms. Hale as a person or as an educator.”
A tentative contract between the Cleveland school district and its teachers union would replace the annual pay raises teachers get for accumulating years of experience or additional education with raises tied to their performance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Performance will be measured partly by ratings under a new statewide model for evaluating teachers that takes into account their students’ growth as well as classroom observations.
About 90 percent of the requests for renewal levies were approved in yesterday’s elections, as well 42 percent of requests for new money.
“For a primary election, results were a little better than normal,” says Damon Asbury, who follows levies for the Ohio School Boards Association.
He says usually about 30 percent of new levy requests pass.Continue Reading