Ohio's public schools serve 1.7 million children - 90 percent of students in the state! What happens in the classroom has impacts far beyond the walls of the K-12 school building or higher ed lecture hall. So, on behalf of the 120,000+ members of the Ohio Education Association, we're taking a deeper dive into some of the many education issues facing our students, educators, and communities. Education Matters is your source for insightful conversations with the people who shape the education landscape in Ohio. Have a topic you'd like to hear about on Education Matters? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hard Choice to Walk Away
Independence Middle School teacher Jill Wagner was making plans for the new school year when Gov. DeWine signed House Bill 99, gutting the training requirements for school staff to carry guns, and Wagner knew she'd had enough. She made the difficult decision to retire, ending a career she loved. She's certainly not alone.
Ohio Parents Trust Teachers
Despite the very loud voices of extremist politicians who are calling for book bans and placing other controls on what Ohio's teachers can teach, it turns out that nearly all Ohio parents trust their children's teachers to provide age appropriate instruction and be good role models. Those were among the many findings of a recent survey of Ohio parents by the Children's Defense Fund - Ohio. We dig into the data.
Celebrating Our Wins
As the new school year gets underway, Ohio's educators are once again facing major challenges in our public schools. But there are also major reasons to celebrate, and to build on the momentum of those victories to create a better future for all of us. In the first episode of the new Education Matters season, Ohio Education President Scott DiMauro discusses a few of the big wins for public education in our state.
2022 National Teacher of the Year: "We must be true to our students"
2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell says he's not the best teacher in the country, but it's clear the Oberlin High School teacher the best person to represent our educators and students at this moment in our country, as Ohio and other states face dangerous legislation like House Bills 327 and 616 that would deny our students the opportunity to receive the honest and reflective education they deserve. In the Season 2 finale of Education Matters, we ask Mr. Russell to share his perspective, courage, and expertise.
Breakfast & Beyond
It is a fact: Hungry children struggle to learn. But making sure all students have access to adequate, nutritious meals takes innovation and collaboration. The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge recently recognized 22 Ohio districts who have embraced that mission, naming them Breakfast and Beyond Super Star districts. We're taking a look at some of the newest success stories while looking back at our conversations with previous honorees.
Avoiding the 'Super Teacher' Trap
Ohio's educators are dedicated to serving their students, but too often, early career educators burn out and leave the profession after only a few years. Austintown Fitch High School teacher Jake Reid says he was on the path to becoming one of them because of the pressure he put on himself to be what he called "Super Teacher" every day. He shares his experience and his changed perspective on this episode.
Informative and perfect length!
I love hearing about issues impacting education in Ohio, both from legislators and from educators. The length is also perfect; I can listen while getting ready for school and I don’t have to commit a huge chunk of time to it. Katie asks great questions and keeps the conversations on track.
I love getting to hear from fellow OEA members every week about what they’re doing and how our we support each other and drive change as a union.
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