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Q&A: Ohio Education Association’s School Safety Initiatives

Just one day before the one-year anniversary of the school shootings at Chardon High School, alleged shooter T.J. Lane pled guilty. But questions about how to keep schools safe linger. After the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown this past December, the nation was rattled, and began searching for ways to prevent future [...]

Falling Membership in Teachers’ Unions is a “Sign of Things to Come”

Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, speaks at the National Education Association's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. this week.

One of Ohio’s largest unions, the Ohio Education Association, has been losing members. The Ohio teachers’ union is down about 6,000 members compared to five years ago, about 5 percent of its total current membership. The OEA’s national affiliate, the National Education Association, is losing members overall too, USA Today reports. The NEA has lost more [...]

Ohio Teachers’ Union Turns the Table and Evaluates State Reps

An Ohio teachers’ union is turning the tables on the state lawmakers who were part of the push to change how public school teachers are evaluated in a sign of the tension some educators feel over changes in how they are judged. Ohio’s new model for teacher evaluations — which will be in place in all [...]

Feedback Loop: Ohio Education Agency Starts its Move Into Charter School Territory

We wrote last week about how Ohio’s largest teachers’ union, the Ohio Education Association, will soon organizing teachers and other staff at charter schools. That’s a big change for the union, which doesn’t support the idea of charter schools as they currently exist in Ohio. Not all of our commenters think that’s a good idea. Debbie Rudy-Lack [...]

Ohio Education Association to Unionize Charter School Teachers, Staff

Ohio’s largest teachers’ union wants to expand its membership rolls to a new arena — charter schools. Today the Ohio Education Association voted to begin organizing at charter schools. The Ohio Education Association has never been a fan of charter schools. OEA Vice President Bill Leibensperger says the union doesn’t support charter schools as they currently operate [...]

Teachers Feel Stood Up by Gov. Kasich’s Office

A simple error in directions to a meeting Gov. Kasich’s administration set up to get teachers’ input on a new school funding formula has led to hurt feelings on all sides, and hasn’t done much to build mutual trust either. Yesterday, Barbara Mattei-Smith, an education policy advisor in the governor’s office, was set to hold [...]

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