OFT endorses passage of Issue 1, a ballot measure that would make it harder for politicians to manipulate state legislative districts for partisan gain. Issue 1 would prohibit drawing districts primarily to favor or disfavor a political party and require that districts reflect how voters actually voted. Learn more about Issue 1. #YESIssue1
Ohio's failed charter school program is the laughingstock of the nation. Open any Ohio newspaper (or their websites) and you'll see coverage of scandal, mismanagement, failed academics. Yet the U.S. Department of Education awarded Ohio a $71 million grant to expand charter schools. Read President Cropper's blog, Writing the next chapter, for details. Sign the petition telling the USDOE and Secretary Arne Duncan to revoke the grant.
The Ohio Federation of Teachers joined a national coalition of education advocates, including more than 50 affiliates of the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association, to demand an end to McTeacher’s Nights. On McTeacher’s Nights, McDonald’s recruits teachers to “work” behind the counter and serve burgers, fries and soda to their students and their students’ families. A small portion of the proceeds is donated to the school in return.
To hold charter schools accountable or not to hold charter schools accountable? That is the question before lawmakers as members of the House decide whether to concur with the Senate's effort to protect taxpayers and children.
Tell your state Representative to concur on HB 2 when deciding whether to hold charter schools accountable for failed academic results and financial missteps. A vote to concur will update a weak HB 2 with stronger accountability provisions from SB 148.