ODE must be told NOT to submit its ESSA plan in April (it's not due until September), but to correct it to end the testing culture and delink test results from teacher evaluations. Tell ODE to halt this process and create an authentic ESSA plan that works toward a vision for our children rather than continuing the status quo.
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.
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.