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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 [...]

Hot or Not: J. Crew Teach for America T-Shirt, AFT-Norma Kamali Fashion Line

About 75 Teach for America teachers started work in Ohio schools this year. Now they’ll have something to wear. J. Crew is selling a $32.50 cotton t-shirt with a giant orange apple on the front to benefit Teach for America, Education Week reports. Teach for America places recent college graduates into high-poverty classrooms across America. Last [...]

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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