Ohio Education Association

School admins support change to state report cards

BY: - April 15, 2021

The elimination of letter grades on state rankings of K-12 schools would benefit all schools, supporters say, but would especially help schools struggling to help poor and marginalized students. The superintendent of a district with a level of poverty so high that all students are eligible for free meals said the report card puts them […]

Advocates, legislators want more from governor’s education budget

BY: - February 3, 2021

With no changes planned for the state education funding formula included in Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed budget, education advocates and some state legislators are left wanting more. “The devil is always in the details,” said Scott DiMauro, head of the Ohio Education Association, in a statement after the release of the budget. “Education spending must […]

Ohio Board of Education member speaks on participation in ‘Stop the Steal’ event

BY: - January 14, 2021

An Ohio Board of Education member said she merely walked, prayed and waved her American flag on the trip she organized to U.S. Capitol the day it was breached by insurrectionists. As previously reported by the OCJ, elected board member Kirsten Hill organized a bus trip for a “Stop the Steal” event as part of […]

COVID-19 cases in schools still grow leading up to holiday break

BY: - December 23, 2020

A Butler County school tops the reported student cases in schools as the state’s districts head into their holiday breaks. Some schools have seen significant case increases in the last month, even with breaks for Thanksgiving and various hybrid online and in-person learning models. Lakota Local Schools reported 357 total cases in the most recent […]

Ohio Education Association urges statewide suspension of in-person classes

BY: - December 8, 2020

The state’s largest public schools union is asking that all public schools suspend in-person instruction until mid-January “in light of the alarming explosion in community spread of the coronavirus in recent weeks.” The Ohio Education Association said in a statement that they plan on calling “state leaders and school districts” to discuss a new plan […]

Teachers unions urge veto on school funding bill

BY: - November 25, 2020

Two of Ohio’s top teachers unions are asking the governor to veto a new education bill just passed by the legislature. The Ohio Senate and House passed Senate Bill 89 last week after it spent months in a conference committee being revised and developed into a bill that, among other things, focuses on the private […]

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Educators battle misinformation in run-up to November election

BY: - August 25, 2020

We are living in the age of fake news. No, not the “deep state is out to get the president” kind. The real “fake news” is all around us, spreading partially by word of mouth and at certain political rallies, and much more so on Facebook and Instagram, as people pass along rumors and myths […]

COVID-19 cases in children rise, educators still begging for financial back-to-school help

BY: - August 12, 2020

As data shows rising numbers of children contracting COVID-19, school districts are still begging for funding to keep students and staff safe. One of the state’s teacher’s unions said school districts can’t be expected to live up to the standard needed to prevent COVID-19 spread in schools if they don’t have the proper resources. “All […]

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An SOS (Save Our Schools) to U.S. Sen. Rob Portman from education groups

BY: , and - July 8, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is a joint commentary from Lois Carson, president of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Scott DiMauro, president of the Ohio Education Association, and Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers. On Thursday, March 12, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Ohio schools would be shutting down physically and four […]

Education officials: Schools need consistency in reopen

BY: - June 29, 2020

Officials and superintendents said local control is a good thing for Ohio school districts, but consistency and guidance from the state is necessary in a global pandemic. Opponents and interested parties testified in a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee regarding Senate Bill 320, which seeks to give full authority for school reopenings to […]

Ohio Senate committee discusses future of Ohio’s K-12 education

BY: - May 20, 2020

An Ohio Senate committee brought representatives from several education groups together to discuss what school districts will need to start the new school year in the fall.  The Senate Finance Committee held a panel discussion Tuesday, in which they heard from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Education Association, the Ohio Federation of […]

Bipartisan bill coming to make charter schools nonprofit, public

BY: - March 12, 2020

Two House members have come together with a bill looking to make charter schools more accountable to taxpayers. The “Community (Charter) School Operator Accountability Act” aims to take for-profit charter schools and require them to become nonprofits, and make records of their spending subject to public scrutiny and audit.  “By removing that profit incentive, it’s […]