Strikes and shutdowns

In Los Angeles, UTLA members took to the picket lines because their schools are starved of resources. In Washington, D.C., President Trump has shut down the government to secure his border wall. In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes that when our elected leaders fail, whether by not funding public schools or by shutting down services that provide for our safety, they strike at the very heart of what makes us a democratic republic. Read the full column.

OFT members help make children's dreams come true

The help and companionship of a service dog. The opportunity to play on a sun-soaked beach. A magical visit to Disney World. The dreams of children battling critical illnesses are coming true across the state thanks to the generosity of OFT members.

Resources to address gun violence, shootings

Gun violence and the persistent recurrence of shootings in our schools and communities highlight the need to deal with this issue in a productive way with the children we serve. See a list of resources.

Sign the petition to restore the COLA

Respect Ohio's Retired Teachers, Restore Their Promised COLA. The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is suspended for all retired teachers indefinitely. STRS board members said they will not review that decision until May of 2022. It is only through a COLA that  retired teachers can keep up with inflation. Learn more.

A Decade of Neglect

“A Decade of Neglect: Public Education Funding in the Aftermath of the Great Recession” details for the first time the devastating impact on schools, classrooms and students when states choose to pursue an austerity agenda in the false belief that tax cuts will pay for themselves. The comprehensive report offers a deep dive into the long-term austerity agendas and historic disinvestment that sparked the wave of nationwide walkouts this spring.