Fighting for Better Education Discussed on America’s Work Force

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.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper 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.

Marshall Auerback Independent Media InstituteJeff 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.



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New School Funding Formula Discussed on America’s Work Force

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers joined America’s Work Force on April 16 to speak about schools getting their fair share of government funding.

OFT-AFT Melissa CropperCropper talked about how there needs to be a new school funding system that will equally spread out money allocated to properly fund these schools. She discussed how urban and poor school districts have fallen victim to “flat funding” which she said is where they will receive less funding than a more wealthy school district. Cropper said that many people are calling the current funding system unconstitutional with how they are deciding who will receive more funding, even though everyone is supposed to get the same.

Cropper then went on to talk about schools preparedness for school shootings with more and more live shooter exercises. One school took their drills a little too far and grabbed four teachers, lead them into a room, and shot them execution style with an airsoft gun. Cropper was talking about how horrifying that is and how there are much more practical and safe ways to do these drills.

Jeff Bryant Our Schools Independent Media InstituteJeff Bryant, freelance journalist with the Independent Media Institute spoke to AWF on April 16 about wasting valuable money on charter schools. He talked about a charter school grant program that is taking money away from other school funding and how it is causing schools to have to cut programs so that they are able to remain open. He said one thing that is upsetting many other schools is that this charter school grant program is asking for more money, even though their education is being cut, and how he thinks they should be thoroughly audited so that people can see they do not need more money.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School Shooting and how schools have changed since then.



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