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OFT Update (e-newsletter) 06.18.14

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.

OFT Update (e-newsletter) 06.04.14

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.

OFT Update (e-newsletter) 05.06.14

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.

PISA: U.S. must drop failed policies, embrace what works to improve

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.

Poll: Teachers rank No. 2 in overall wellbeing from work satisfaction

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.

Survey shows America's teachers see key role for unions

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 ...

OFT Update (e-newsletter) 04.17.14

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) 3.21.14

Tell your legislator to change teacher evaluations via SB 229 - learn about this and other issues impacting the work of OFT members in this edition of our e-newsletter.