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Student Wellness and Success Funding

OFT has compiled information for our members and other stakeholders on the student wellness and success funding that has been including in the new biennial state budget. Review this information so that you and your colleagues can have an informed voice in how student wellness and success funds are spent locally. 

House Bills 176, 181 seek complete education overhaul

While there might be some parts of House Bills 181 and 176 that are appealing, overall they are bad. These overhauls would require teachers and students to adapt to new standards and new assessments. Instead, we are working on fixing problems such as the high stakes testing attached to evaluations.

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.