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OFT Update - Legislative issues 4.10.17

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?

OFT Update - Professional issues 4.5.17

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

OFT Update - Legislative issues 3.30.17

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

OFT Update - Professional issues 3.21.17

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? 

OFT Update - 3.19.17

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.

OFT Update - Legislative issues 2.10.17

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.