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I Don’t Wanna Go to School!

Guest Blog | Sarah Boss, Western Reserve EA | …Her biggest fear was not the test. She said to me, “Mom, I can’t sit still for that long. I’m not allowed to get up and I can’t sit still!”

Imge: Open microphone at public meeting.
Why I Ran for Office

Guest Blog | By Molly Wassmuth, Westerville E.A. | The 2016 presidential election…it did not turn out the way I had hoped or worked for, despite the fact that I donated, canvassed and phone-banked. Did I do enough?

Ohio House Bill 70 Hijacked Democracy

Guest Blog | By Jeanne Melvin, OEA-Retired | A state takeover is part of the effort to privatize public education. Without a public hearing, the hijacked HB 70 passed the Senate and the House and was sent to the governor and signed into law. #OverTestedOH #RedForEd

OEA VP Scott DiMauro: Graduation Requirements & State Takeover

It is simply unfair and unreasonable to expect that students who are already half way through their high school careers should be expected to meet a whole new set of requirements for graduation.

The Hook of Standardization

By Matt Jablonski, Elyria EA | It is time for a change. My career has been devoted to the necessary, but misguided task of guiding students through a standardized system that has little relevance to life beyond high school.

Image: #RedForEd | #OverTestedOH
Silent Tears

By Tina Allen of the @ColumbusEA/OEA | I joined this profession to change lives, to educate, motivate and inspire. High-stakes testing almost took that away from me. The tears of a fourth grader reminded me what’s important.

Our Stories — #OvertestedOH #RedForEd

By Courtney Johnson, Columbus Education Association I love my Job! Yet, I felt complicit in a crime…. It is wrong to subject young people to this much testing…. I called my union. | #OvertestedOH #RedForEd

Power and Potential of Our Stories

By Julie Holderbaum, MinervaEA/OEA | The lessons I teach now are not what I enjoy teaching and they are not what their kids enjoy learning and frankly, it makes me sick. And I’m Not Alone | #OvertestedOH #RedForEd

Image: Side Hustle Paycheck
Moonlighting Educators

By Ty Tatman (Zane Trace EA) OEA Director | The average educator’s salary is below the living wage in more than half of America. As the burdens of the education profession grow larger and larger, it’s not fair to see educators having to work even more outside the classroom!

The School Report Card Sham

By Kevin Griffin of the @DublinEA, and the Central OEA Vice President | The state report cards have been around for several years. HB 70…. The real victims are our students.

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