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Tell your U.S. Senators to reject DeVos as Education Secretary

How would you react if someone with no experience in the world of public education who sent her children to private schools entered your classroom to make decisions for you? That's exactly what will happen if Betsy DeVos is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education. Tell your U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to reject the DeVos nomination.

Tell your legislator to stop a threat to yank educator licenses

Another last-minute amendment to a bill attacks teachers by threatening to penalize an educator with a one-year license suspension and misdemeanor criminal charge if you talk about a student's option to opt out of state testing. Tell your legislator to end this attack now by eliminating this amendment to House Bill 420

UPDATE Feb. 10 - The amendment punishing teachers was removed from HB 420 during a House Education Committee meeting today. Thank you to those of you who contacted your legislators urging them to stop this attack on teachers.

Tell Duncan to revoke $71M grant to expand Ohio charters - OFT President Cropper's blog

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.

Educators to McDonald’s: Stop McTeacher’s Nights!

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.

Visit the AFT Legislative Action Center

Make your views known to those in Congress and state legislatures who represent you on the issues that affect working families every day.  Click here to visit the AFT's Legislative Action Center.

Thank the House Finance Committee for removing attacks on workers' rights

Join us in saying thank you to members of the House Finance Committee for removing anti-union amendments from the budget bill - send them a thank you email.

New pledge aims to tame the testing burden

The growing fixation on testing is crushing the creativity and effectiveness of teachers in the classroom. Thoughtful educators, parents and even policymakers are determined to tame this beast and put testing where it belongs: where it can be used as a diagnostic tool, rather than as a threat hanging over the heads of students and the teachers trying desperately to reach them in more effective, meaningful ways. Sign an online petition.