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State budget revisions eliminate externship plan

A requirement for teachers to do externships is gone and there's $80 million more for schools in amendments to the state budget but no news on graduation rates or evaluations as recommended by the Educator Standards Board on OTES. 

Vouchers pushed at state, federal levels but evidence shows they fail

Ohio voucher expansion bill met with concern, Congress attempts to create federal vouchers

Last week's state Senate Education Committee hearing on Senate Bill 85 - to expand vouchers so more public dollars could be used to pay for private school tuition, mirroring the wrong-minded agenda of U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos - caused concern among sponsor Sen. Matt Huffman’s fellow Republicans.

Legislator scorecards - How well do legislators support OFT issues?

OFT's legislator scorecards show how state senators and representives voted on issues that impact OFT members in their work. 
 

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.