Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OTF) spoke with America’s Work Force on Nov. 19 about teachers fighting for better learning conditions for their students.
Cropper first discussed teachers in Kentucky going on strike for better wages and benefits, among other reasons. Teachers in the state are planning a statewide walk out from their schools to march on the capitol annex building in Frankfort, KY in protest of a new pension bill that was passed in their state. Cropper went on to discuss the damage that certain cities cause by putting money into school programs in wealthy neighborhoods, rather than investing in the under-served neighborhood schools. Cropper stresses that cities shouldn’t take money away and give it to other schools, but they should fairly invest money into education because every child deserves a fair shot at receiving a quality education.
Jeff Bryant, investigative journalist with the Independent Media Institute discussed people who are involved in their schools and also city government who use their conflicts of interest to reap better contracts for their schools, giving their schools an advantage. He also discussed the cost of charter schools and the damage they have on school districts. Bryant mentioned when a public school is at less than 100 percent capacity, the overhead of the building and paychecks for faculty and staff remain the same, resulting in the district losing large amounts of money.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Del Monte Pacific Limited closing three plants in 2020 to cut costs and how there will be thousands of jobs lost because of it.