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Kasich’s State of the State May Have Missed Some Big Education Points

News Staff / Ideastream A major portion of Governor John Kasich’s State of the State speech focused on education. And despite Kasich outlining some ideas about how to keep kids from dropping out of school and gaining access to college, the president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers says the governor still may have missed [...]

OFT President Says Teachers Are Still Adjusting to the Common Core

WORLD BANK PHOTO COLLECTION / FLICKR One of the biggest criticisms of Ohio’s education standards has been that they didn’t do a good enough job in preparing kids for college or a career. The Common Core, a new set of expectations about what K through 12 students should know in math and English, is supposed [...]

What Teachers in Beirut Can Learn From Ohio Teachers Unions and the Fight Against SB 5

A Lebanese teacher demonstrates in Beirut during a national strike protest in 2011.

The president of Ohio’s second largest teachers union is traveling to Beirut to explain what teachers there can learn from last year’s successful campaign to repeal Ohio collective bargaining legislation. Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper will speak about union and community organizing and, in particular, about the union’s fight against SB 5, which would have sharply limited [...]

OFT President Melissa Cropper: Pension Reform is Bitter but Necessary

There’s a set of bills headed to Gov. John Kasich that will make significant changes to Ohio’s five public pension plans. That means school employees, teachers and other state and local government workers can expect to see significant changes to their retirement plans. For teachers, that means an increase in the amount they have to [...]

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