If passed, proposed bill could gut Ohio public education

Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) President Melissa Cropper joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss Ohio House Bill 290, the so-called “Backpack Bill.” Critics say it guts public education funding by providing a universal voucher to all students in Ohio regardless of income or the performance of their local public schools. Continue reading

Ohio teachers’ union calls on governor to institute school mask mandate

The Ohio Federation of Teachers is calling on Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to institute a mask mandate for all Ohio public schools, arguing it would reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow more schools to remain open for face-to-face instruction.

Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers, joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss why mask mandates in Ohio schools are necessary to protect the health of children and teachers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also discussed an upcoming union election at the Worthington Public Libraries, as well as redistricting efforts in Ohio that many argue continue to be heavily gerrymandered. Continue reading

As Ohio Goes Back to School, COVID-19 policies vary across the board

Ohio teachers and students face another difficult school year, as the COVID-19 Delta variant ravages communities, especially among those who are unvaccinated.

Though the State of Ohio recommends school districts follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that encourage masking and social distancing, it has left those policies largely up to individual school districts. Continue reading

Library workers succeed in organizing, but still face union election

Library workers at one central Ohio library system have strived for nearly a year to organize and form a union. Steadily inching ever closer to achieving their goal, they face one more hurdle — the election to determine if the Union has the right to exist.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper has worked closely with the workers in their efforts and is proud of what they have accomplished. In the latest AWF Union Podcast, Cropper discussed the organizing drive, the challenges the workers faced and the need for an election despite being the only library in Ohio yet to unionize. Continue reading

Lawmakers take aim at Critical Race Theory throughout the U.S.

Public schools and teachers have become a frequent target for some politicians. There are a variety of reasons, ranging from how schools are funded to what is being taught in the classroom.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss school funding in Ohio, broadband issues in the state, why Critical Race Theory is currently getting so much attention and more. Continue reading

Critics cast Critical Race Theory as “anti-white”

Conservatives are pushing back against Critical Race Theory, which proponents say more accurately details the history of the U.S.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper explained Critical Race Theory, what proponents and critics say and how it has been embraced in Ohio on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed a controversial bill that could remove funding from public school districts. Continue reading

Public schools anticipate a boost in funding under President Biden

Educators are finding that the tide is turning with President Biden in office. Throughout the country school funding is being shifted away from private charter schools and back into public schools.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss some Ohio legislation that will directly impact both public and private schools. She also discussed a bill that unnecessarily targets vulnerable students. Continue reading

Ohio schools set to reopen despite lack of teacher vaccinations

Public schools have been at the forefront of COVID-19 conversations, as some believe schools should be open for in-person instruction, while others believe schools should wait until educators can be vaccinated and provide a safe learning environment.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper gave an update on Ohio school funding, issues with some schools as they plan to reopen by March 1 and inequity experienced by urban districts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Ohio educators prepare for return to classrooms as vaccine is rolled out

As the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out, educators are preparing to back into the classroom with students. Although there are some questions that surround the plan.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the digital divide, the vaccine roll out and President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet nominations. Continue reading