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OFT hosts signature event to highlight importance of PSRPs

More than 40 classroom aides, bus drivers, school nurses and other non-teaching paraprofessionals and school related personnel (PSRPs) gathered May 16 for the first event of its kind hosted by the OFT to draw attention to the critical role they play in a child's education and the success of our schools.

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Pushing forward to fight rising student debt

The AFT has joined a broad coalition of organizations, from its sister unions to Student Veterans of America, from the National Young Farmers Coalition to Jobs with Justice and the Center for American Progress, to demand that elected officials take action and address college affordability within the next six months.

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OFT issues policy paper on testing

It’s time to end the testing mania. There is a better solution to ensure that our children are learning and thriving. This statement is the foundation of a new policy report on testing issued by OFT. The report addresses the problems caused by the current testing system and suggests ways to improve the process for students and educators. Read the report.

OFT members named to Senate Testing Advisory Committee

Five OFT members and leaders will serve on the Senate's newly formed Testing Advisory Committee. Beyond a reduction in hours, though, OFT strongly advocates for a more thoughtful discussion about the purpose of testing and whether the right tests are being used.

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OFT Update (e-newsletter) 03.31.15

There is a better solution to ensure that our children are learning and thriving than bombarding them with standardized testing. OFT President Melissa Cropper's blog, Writing the Next Chapter, outlines what OFT is doing and what we recommend as next steps - read this and other news in this edition of the OFT Update.

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