Condemning Racism Should Not Be Controversial: Tell the State Board of Education That You Support Their Equity Resolution

In 2020, by a decisive 12-5 vote, the Ohio State Board of Education passed a resolution condemning racism and advancing equity. But now, that resolution is under attack from some Board members and legislators who do not believe that schools should proactively work to keep racism and hate speech out of our schools, or to advance equity and ensure that all Ohio students – no matter their race, religion, or background – have equal educational opportunities. There is even an effort to hold a new vote that would undo this historic resolution.

Worthington Libraries Staff Announce Union Effort

Today, staff at Worthington Libraries called on their library management to voluntarily recognize their union after they presented signed union cards from an overwhelming majority of library employees. The organizing campaign is led by staff from all three library branches. 
 
“We love our jobs and we love the library,” said Coleman Mahler, an adult services librarian at the Northwest Library branch. “Now we’re asking for a voice in policy that affects us, autonomy over our working conditions and a library that works as hard for us as we work for our community.”
 

Education Issues and Professional Development Update - May 2021

Read below for updates on: Ohio’s ESSA Waiver; the Ohio Teacher Leader Summit; the 2021-2023 Teacher Liaison Cohort; I Educate Ohio; Ohio’s new Dyslexia Law; Educator Standards Board; State Board of Education; Gifted Advisory Council; OFT Partnership to Diversify Teaching Profession; and a Cincinnati Public School Honored as a Green Ribbon School.

Fair School Funding

Ohio policymakers must fix the way our state funds public education and ensure every student can attend fully and fairly funded public schools. The Fair Funding Plan will strengthen all our communities, expand opportunities for those who have been excluded, and address the unfair and unconstitutional way our state funds public education.
 
Petition sponsored by Ohio Organizing Collaborative, Policy Matters Ohio, Ohio Education Association, and Ohio Federation of Teachers.

Protect Our Retirement! Elect Ben, Rudy, and Elizabeth to the STRS Board

This year there are three open seats to the State Teacher Retirement System Board, two seats for retiree members and one seat for active members. Elizabeth Jones, Rudy Fichtenbaum, and Ben Pfeiffer are strong advocates for financial transparency and retirement security. Read below about their background and why they are running and help get them on the ballot by downloading a nominations form and sending it back to us before the deadline. 

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”