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Read OFT President Melissa Cropper's blog, Writing the Next Chapter, and share your thoughts by joining the conversation.

About the Ohio Federation of Teachers

The Ohio Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals representing 20,000 members in 55 locals across the state that include public school educators and support staff, higher education faculty and support staff, and public employees. OFT is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

OFT focuses on issues at the statewide level that include legislation, public policy and education policy, communications and political advocacy. We advocate sound, commonsense public education policies, including high academic and conduct standards for students and greater professionalism for teachers and school staff; and excellence in public service through cooperative problem-solving and workplace innovations.

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OFT: Learn About Your Statewide Union

Your local union is affiliated with the Ohio Federation of Teachers, a state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. To see what OFT is doing for you, visit www.oft-aft.org.

Videos highlight important work of members

Across the state, OFT members change lives by serving children, their families and communities. See some examples of the great work of OFT members celebrated in these videos.

OFT's Mission, Vision and Purpose

OFT Mission:  The Ohio Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions the social and economic well-being of our members, Ohio’s children, families, working people, and communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

See our guiding document.

Former AFT President Al Shanker creates charter school concept

In 1988, then AFT President Al Shanker, the first to propose the concept of charter schools as innovative models, gave a speech to the National Press Club explaining his idea. Many of the improvements to public education he called for in this speech are still relevant today. Read the speech.

Reclaiming the Promise

AFT is calling on educators to join with parents and community partners in an effort to fulfill our collective responsibility to enable individual opportunity for all children. Check out our toolkit to help leaders learn about Reclaiming the Promise and take action in their own communities.

About the AFT

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.