Schools

Teachers Unions Push DeWine To Support Schools Without ‘Coerced Preconditions’

23 Jan , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Eight teachers’ unions throughout the state are pushing Gov. Mike DeWine to rethink his timeline for school reopening and vaccine distribution.

In a joint statement distributed by the Ohio Federation of Teachers and signed by the presidents of the unions in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, the leaders expressed disappointment with DeWine’s plan, saying his administration is using the vaccine “as a bargaining chip.”

“While we expect there will be no consequences for schools that fail to meet this commitment, that doesn’t mean the Governor isn’t harming communities with this action,” the statement reads. “Parents across the state now have unrealistic expectations for a March 1 reopening that simply will not be possible in many school districts.” More…

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Schools

DeWine: 96% Of School Districts Commit To In-Person Learning By March 1

20 Jan , 2021  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

The state is now readying to distribute coronavirus vaccines to adult workers in those schools starting the week of Feb. 1, the governor said during a Tuesday briefing.

Gov. Mike DeWine said 96 percent of all of Ohio’s K-12 school districts have committed to return to in-person learning by March 1.

The state is now readying to distribute coronavirus vaccines to adult workers in those schools starting the week of Feb. 1, the governor said during a Tuesday briefing.

School districts are expected to work with their local Educational Service Centers to identify vaccine providers like local health agencies are partnering pharmacies, DeWine said. More…

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All About Richland

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Armed Teachers Case

14 Jan , 2021  

by Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

The issue of whether or not school districts should be allowed to determine firearms policies and the level of training needed comes down to grammar and the English language, according to attorneys who argued the case before the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The state’s highest court heard arguments in a lawsuit regarding a Butler County district’s ability to allow personnel to carry guns on school property.

The focus of the lawsuit became the meaning of one sentence in Ohio law creating conditions on being armed in schools. More…

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Schools

Survey shows teacher concerns as school districts struggle with pandemic

12 Aug , 2020  

By: Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio teachers have made themselves clear: They worry greatly about the spread of COVID-19 in their schools.

They acknowledge the challenges of remote learning are plentiful. They understand the potential social and emotional impact to young students being stuck at home rather than at school with their classmates.

However, their health fears of the virus remain even greater.

That is among the conclusions of a recent survey of educators conducted by the Ohio Federation of Teachers. The union sent out the survey on July 22 to nearly 12,000 members who work in K-12 education. Responses were returned between then and Aug. 9, a time period in which school districts around Ohio continued deliberating plans for the fall. More…

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