See the latest news on the state budget: Amendments eliminate internships, funding that will increase student debt. STRS eliminates COLA.
Publications and Reports
OTES changes approved. Register for Access and Equity conference. Save the date for OFT's 2017 ULI.
The Kasich administration warns less state revenue is available, so the governor's budget plan needs downward adjustments. How does that work when the original proposal already slashed school funding for more thanhalf of districts across Ohio?
Awards available to fund projects fostering student social-emotional skills
Innovation in Social and Emotional Learning Awards are available for teacher-led projects that foster social-emotional skills in students in grades PK-12. Teachers can earn $5,000 for their classroom or school; district-wide programs can earn ($25,000). Apply by April 21.
Third Grade Reading Guarantee manual available
Ohio voucher expansion bill met with concern
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. Learn more.
Congress moves to eliminate civil rights law, create vouchers
SERS wants to change a law about how it manages your pension.
Remember to tell us what professional development you need via a short survey. Understand changes in your licensure process. What's a consistently high-performing teacher?
There are decisions being made at STRS you should know about. And in other news ... if you child is heading off to college, he or she could earn $2,000 as a Mooney Scholar.
State leaders push to require educator externships, expand vouchers. Our take - both bad ideas.
State budget detail illuminates true school funding deficit
District-by-district detail of changes in school funding in the proposed state budget show that most schools will receive less money or the same amount at a time when schools across Ohio desperately need increased resources to meet student needs. OFT is seriously concerned that what is being described as a $200 million increase for schools is actually a $277 million cut when all funds to schools - such as changes to the Tangible Personal Property tax - are considered.