Darold Johnson, director of legislation for the Ohio Federation of Teachers spoke to America’s Work Force on June 18 about Ohio school funding and policy.
Johnson first spoke about the problems that teachers are having in West Virginia, where lawmakers are trying to make legislation that will allow schools to fire teachers who are on strike. He said that this takes power away from the teachers because if they feel they are being mistreated or want to bargain for themselves, they could just be fired, giving all of the power to the school, and none to the teachers. Johnson then discussed the proposed education budget in Ohio and how it covers wrap around services, but not school funding. Lastly, he gave an overview on the school take over bill, House Bill 154, which would end the academic distress committee.
Sandra Theis, interim executive director for ProgressOhio spoke with AWF on June 18 about the charter school accountability project. She talked about how there are an increasing amount of for-profit charter schools where more money is being given outside of the school, and less to the education for the students. Theis stressed that charter schools need to be held more accountable with their money and what they do with it, since children’s education should be a top priority, not making money while taking away valuable resources. She concluded her time on AWF by talking about the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT) scandal and how the FBI is being brought in to investigate it.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka traveling to different states to hold meetings about the incomplete, new NAFTA agreement.