This week's hearings on a bill to scrap four years of progress with Common Core in Ohio have been filled with misinformation aimed at causing fear and confusion. Find out what's happening.
Publications and Reports
Fighting Back, Fighting Forward- Memorable moments from the 2014 AFT Convention and other news.
Learn how to meet the background check deadline or have your certificate suspended, and how the governor went in with legislators on a big gift for campaign donor and charter school mogul David Brennan.
Find out how member voices helped quash numerous drastic changes to the teacher evaluation law and learn about additional concerns we must deal with on implementation. Also: David Brennan's newest charter cash windfall.
We can never thank you enough or show enough appreciation for all that you do. While you may not hear it often enough, you make a difference every day. Happy Teacher Appreciation Day. Read President Cropper's blog and other news.
The Dec. 3 release of the OECD's latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results show that U.S. students are being outperformed by students in most other developed nations. The crucial question we face now is whether the U.S. has the political will to move away from the failed policies and embrace what works in high-performing countries so that we can reclaim the promise of public education.
Teachers are No. 2 in overall wellbeing, trailing only physicians, in a new Gallup poll. Nevermind media reports that make teaching in America look like a horrible job. Join the conversation on OFT President Melissa Cropper's blog where she discusses whether the poll's findings hold true here in Ohio.
A new report makes clear that America's teachers—both union and nonunion—recognize the importance of unions in strengthening the teaching profession and our public schools. Many findings are consistent with what AFT members have been saying for years, that what teachers want most and get least are the tools, time and trust to be better teachers and help their students learn and grow. Read more ...
Learn about the most recent attempt to eliminate collective bargaining rights, Mobilization May, a Voter Bill of Rights campaign and more in OFT's e-newsletter.
OFT Update (e-newsletter) 12.19.13
Holiday break is for time with family, friends - OFT President Melissa Cropper: This holiday season, my wish for you is that you can slow down, relax and enjoy time with family and friends. Read this and other OFT news.
OFT Update (e-newsletter) 12.6.13
Blended learning creates meaningful shift in teaching and learning. Find out how.